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Station barriers are causing chaos
7:40am Friday 18th January 2013 in News
IRATE residents and drivers in Stanford-le-Hope say barriers at the train station are being left down for half-an-hour at a time, causing “bedlam” in the mornings.
The Gazette has been contacted by several people about delays at the level crossing, in London Road, which they say have been occurring since before Christmas.
Stanford-le-Hope resident Elaine Hobson missed her train last Thursday because the barrier was down from 8am to 8.30am – and for a similar period the day before too.
She said: “This has been happening on and off for about three months. Apparently the problem is caused when a train terminates at the station.
“The barriers used to go back up straight away so traffic could go through, but whoever is controlling them now just leaves them down until the train is gone.
“People are missing two or three trains a day, parents are complaining as they are late taking their children to school and the taxi firms are also really annoyed.
“The security guards in the train station are getting threatened every week by irate drivers, it’s absolute bedlam.”
A coach driver, who did not want to be named, said: “Everyone is really annoyed about this.
“The other day I queued for about half-an-hour, then the barriers came up, let some traffic through and were back down again before I could get there.”
A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We are aware of the need to keep traffic flowing as much as possible and every level crossing is operated to balance this with running a safe and efficient railway.
“We leave barriers down for the minimum amount of time, but will look into the issues raised by residents.”