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Crossing 'was a risk'.

A fault at a rail crossing which could have had lethal consequences has been fixed.

But local people say it put lives at risk and that people using the crossing should have been warned about the fault.

The railway crossing on Wolviston Back Lane, at Billingham, had been malfunctioning since before Christmas - with people taking risks with their lives by crossing when warning lights were flashing.

One traveller, who asked not to be named, said: "The train would come and the barriers go down, but once the train had gone the barriers would stay down and the lights stay flashing.

"A note says if the lights continue flashing then there is another train coming.

"But the problem was that no other trains came. That made people late and annoyed, so they started crossing the line anyway."

Another man said the problem had occurred at least once a week despite two previous attempts at repair.

Today a spokeswoman for Rail Network said the fault had now been identified as a faulty switch and been rectified.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2004
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