Bassetlaw: MP slams Network Rail for level crossings U-turn

The opening of the new Gringley on the Hill Community Centre on West Wells Lane. Pictured is John Mann MP who opened the new centre.
The opening of the new Gringley on the Hill Community Centre on West Wells Lane. Pictured is John Mann MP who opened the new centre.

Bassetlaw MP John Mann has today criticised Network Rail after the company backtracked on its plans to close level crossings in Bassetlaw.

Mr Mann said: “It is outrageous that Network Rail is refusing to fulfil its safety obligations to the public.”

“I called for a parliamentary inquiry into Network Rail following a young girl’s death in Bassetlaw back in 2012. It was clear that hundreds of crossings throughout the country were unsafe and that Network Rail was failing to look after the public’s safety.”

“Last year the Parliamentary inquiry concluded that Network Rail showed a ‘callous disregard’ for the families of people killed in accidents at level crossings.”

“Network Rail began the process of closing level crossings in Bassetlaw to stop such a tragic incident happening again but now state they are shelving their plans.”

“This position should be immediately reversed. Lives are being put at risk. With Network Rail, I have personally viewed near misses with packed East Coast Trains.”

“I predict that their abandoning of rail safety will cost lives.”