Network Rail agrees to face public after pressure tells

Pictures from around Brandon.   The level crossing.
Pictures from around Brandon. The level crossing.
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Brandon residents will have their say over the town’s controversial level crossing after rail bosses agreed to face the public at a meeting in June.

Representatives from Network Rail will come to the town on June 7 following numerous incidents of the crossing getting stuck.

The news was revealed after concerted pressure from councillors and MPs.

Ian Horner, town councillor, has been in regular contact with Network Rail since problems started to arise at the start of this year.

He said: “I welcome the fact that Network Rail is coming to hear the concerns of residents and businesses.

“Let us all hope that they not only hear the complaints and frustrations of the people in our area, but will also come prepared with some detailed answers as to how they intend to solve the problems.”

A venue is yet to be announced, but Network Rail has said it will foot the bill.

Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, will be hosting the meeting, along with Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk.

Ms Truss said: “For many, many months now I have been maintaining the pressure on Network Rail as the organisation needs to hear first hand the concerns of those living in the area.”

The meeting was agreed by Network Rail’s chief executive after a letter from Mr Hancock and Ms Truss.