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safety barriers to be installed on oxfordshire railway crossing

10 Apr 2012

  A railway crossing in Oxfordshire is set to have brand new safety barriers installed after a request was put forward by the area’s council. Network Rail has pledged to make the improvements on the Shiplake crossing at the request of the parish council  The installation of the new automated barrier is expected to be in place by the end of the summer as part of a national roll-out of the new type of equipment. Before the traffic safety barriers were given the go-ahead, the design, planning and groundwork were trialled in two locations in Scotland last month. In the meantime, British Transport Police have said that they will deploy a red light enforcement vehicle to catch drivers who deliberately jump the crossing. Sir David Higgins, the chief executive of Network Rail who is a resident of Henley, has written to parish council chairman Tudor Taylor telling him of the decision. He told the Standard: We have assessed the risk of the crossing compared to the others in the Thames region and we have allocated the necessary funding to put in a new automated barrier system.

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