Furious response to ‘staggeringly dangerous’ temporary road layout at East Cambridgeshire level crossing
PUBLISHED: 22:48 03 October 2020 | UPDATED: 22:48 03 October 2020
An investigation was launched after a photo surfaced of a “staggeringly dangerous” temporary road layout at a level crossing.
Posted on Twitter by @Railraptor, the image showed a temporary traffic light immediately after a level crossing on Black Bank Road, near Ely.
County councillor Lorna Dupre agreed that “this could easily have been a fatality”.
Cambridgeshire County Council said its highways contractor Skanska was carrying out work in the area.
The company said it is “investigating a report related to our traffic management at Black Bank that does not appear to have met our high standards”.
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The picture was posted with the words “What could go wrong?”
It prompted astonished and angry reactions, and was described as “a staggeringly dangerous situation”.
One Twitter user said: “The unavoidable fact here is that this could very easily have caused a fatal collision between a train and a road vehicle.”
A spokesperson for Skanska said: “The traffic management was removed and the site made safe as soon as we were aware of the issue.
“Health and safety are our top priority.”
A county council spokesperson said: “We are awaiting the outcome of the investigation”.
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