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Safety measures like this can backfire

SAFETY is always a balance between making something safer and people’s reasonable needs. After the tragic accident involving Sacha Wheeler at Glebe Way railway crossing, it has been suggested that the crossing should be closed. This would almost certainly stop a recurrence of a similar incident there. But how about all the thousands of people that have used this crossing safely over many decades? Surely this has to be taken into consideration? How much inconvenience will it cause to regular users? Perhaps people who can now walk a short distance to their destination might now choose to get in a car and drive the greater distance involved. Hopefully British Transport Police will visit Sacha’s school and hammer home the message about the need to be vigilant when using railway crossings. At least some good might come from this tragic event.

Terry Hudson
by e-mail

Herne Bay Times, March 11th 2015

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