Kent

Isle of Grain level crossing changes considered

Automatic barriers could be installed at a railway level crossing in Kent where motorists continue to ignore red lights.

Network Rail said it is considering replacing the manual system currently in use at the Isle of Grain crossing.

Railway workers said their lives were being put at risk when they attempted to close the gates manually.

British Transport Police said there had been four near misses at the crossing in three months.

'No man's land'

Railway worker John Nash said he was almost injured while attempting to close the gates.

He said: "I came out to close the gate. I got half way across the road and a car came out of nowhere.

"I was in no man's land. I couldn't react but luckily for me he swerved around me and continued driving."

Pc Chris Shepherd, of British Transport Police, said: "To us the safety of the rail workers is absolutely paramount."

Network Rail, which owns the crossing, said it had already installed CCTV cameras and increased fines for drivers flouting the law.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites