A UNION has called for action on ‘dangerous and out of date’ level crossings after an incident in South Derbyshire.
The call was made as a crossing keeper remains in a ‘stable’ condition in hospital after an incident at Egginton crossing, near Hilton, on Tuesday.
Investigations are continuing into how the 49-year-old was injured at the crossing, leading to trains being halted and the man being airlifted to hospital with serious head and chest injuries.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) Burton branch chairman Paul Walker, told the Mail: “It is extremely sad to here that another person has been seriously injured on our level crossings.
“My thoughts are with the injured crossing keeper and his family at what must be a difficult time.
“It is tragic reminder of the dangers level crossings pose to road users, pedestrians and rail workers.
“They were fine in the 19th century when road traffic was a lot slower and trains did not travel at the speed they do.
“Now though level crossings are dangerous and out of date.’
“The crossing where this incident took place is located on an A road where traffic travels at high speed making the crossings dangerous places for both rail workers and pedestrians.
‘Too many people have lost their lives or faced serious injury because of accidents on our level crossings.”
Mr Walker called on local MPs to pressure the Government to replace level crossings with either bridges or underpasses.
“This would provide a safe place for road and rail services to be separated from each other and to operate freely,” he said.
Meanwhile, the A5132 remains closed around the crossing and Network Rail has confirmed a new gate is needed ‘which will take some time’.