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Sir Bill Cash MP takes up Barlaston level crossing barrier incident with the Secretary of State for Transport, British Transport Police, the Health and Safety Executive and Network Rail

Thursday, 6 October, 2016
 
Stone MP Sir Bill Cash has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, British Transport Police, the Health and Safety Executive and Network Rail, following the reported event involving the barriers coming down near the tracks at Barlaston.
 
Cash said:
 
“Given reports provided to me that a group of people were just moments away from being hit by a train after a level cross barrier reportedly malfunctioned at Barlaston, I have this week written to the Secretary of State for Transport, the British Transport Police, the Health and Safety Executive and Network Rail, asking if they are able to provide any details they have and any potential implications for rail safety along the line.”  
 
“I have in the past made ongoing representations and held several meetings on rail safety with Network Rail, the Samaritans, the Law Commission and the Office of Rail Regulation in my constituency which particularly relate to the level-crossing at Wedgwood railway station in Barlaston.
 
“One public meeting I held in Barlaston, in June 2013, led to a number of my constituents becoming the first residents in Britain to be given specialist training by the Samaritans to stop people committing suicide on railway lines near their homes.
 
“At the meeting I held with residents at Barlaston Village Hall, with Network Rail officials and also Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Railways, and other representations, we then saw CCTV and sensors being installed to prevent deaths on the railway.”
 
“It comes at a time when the proposal to potentially reinstate rail services at Barlaston station is now being taken seriously.”

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