Repairs begin on Brandon’s level crossing

Brandon level crossing. Photograph Simon Parker

Brandon level crossing. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

Work to repair the troublesome Brandon level crossing has begun, according to Network Rail.

The rail operators confirmed today that the first 'and most important' phase of the work should be completed by the end of July.

The level crossing has been plagued with problems since it was revamped with a new system earlier this year.

Drivers have been stuck waiting at the crossing for up to eight hours on numerous occasions since the changes as the barriers have become stuck in the down position.

Network Rail blamed the new system on the problems, saying that dirt getting stuck on automatic sensors had caused the barriers to remain lowered.

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News of the repairs was broken by Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk.

He said he was delighted to hear the work had started, having held a public meeting into the issues on June 7.

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'Brandon residents and businesses have suffered long enough and will welcome the news that the automated level crossing will work more efficiently.

'I will continue to monitor the situation.'

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