The Anonymous Widower

A Level Crossing In White Hart Lane, Barnes

perhaps five hundred metres to the West of the level crossings I wrote about in A Pair Of Level Crossings At Vine Road, Barnes, there another one in White Hart Lane, Barnes.

When this line was built in the 1840s, they certainly left a big problem for Network Rail.

This Google Map shows the area around the crossing.

A Level Crossing In White Hart Lane, Barnes

A Level Crossing In White Hart Lane, Barnes

You can find a lot of news items about this crossing on the Internet.

This article in the Local Guardian is entitled Campaigners claim ‘dangerous’ level crossing in Barnes is putting children’s lives at risk.

This is an extract.

Concerned residents have launched a campaign calling for Network Rail to install a footbridge to cope with the “very high footfall of schoolchildren” using the crossing.

They were also expecting help from the local MP; Zak Goldsmith.

Whatever happening to him?

A footbridge could work, but it wouldn’t be easy.

  • Kids being walked to school, as I witness every day outside my house, are often accompanied by scooters, bikes, siblings ion buggies etc.
  • How many of the local residents would object to a footbridge outside their house?
  • Would the footbridge have lifts for those in wheelchairs?
  • There is no station, which makes a solution easier.
  • How difficult is an alternative driving route?

An affordable solution will be very difficult.


January 1, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | 2 Comments

A Pair Of Level Crossings At Vine Road, Barnes

Regular readers of this blog, will know that I don’t like level crossings.

But then, if you’ve lived in East Anglia as much as I have and been inconvenienced, so many times by idiots having accidents or worse at level crossings, you will understand how I feel.

This pair just to the West of Barnes station are two of the most inconvenient for both road and rail, that I’ve seen.

This Google Map shows the area.

A Pair Of Level Crossings At Vine Road, Barnes

A Pair Of Level Crossings At Vine Road, Barnes

Note the two crossings are on Vine Road at the left of the map, with Barnes station at the right.

It took me perhaps ten minutes fifteen minutes to walk from one side of the two railway lines to the other. In that time, the following happened.

  • The gates on the Northern tracks through Barnes Bridge station closed once.
  • The gates on the Southern tracks through Mortlate station closed three times.
  • At least one closure was a long one for a train in each direction.
  • A group of teenagers ran across as the gates closed.

On return, I searched the Internet and found this article on the BBC, which is entitled Video captures pedestrians’ ‘extremely dangerous’ dash across level crossing.

This is a typical extract from the article.

Martin, who did not give his surname, said: “It’s ridiculous. I’ve personally sat there for 45 minutes once and it gets worse in rush hours obviously.
“It might be true that they have engineering works, but that’s not the only factor.”

I am surprised that the Health and Safety Executive haven’t ordered Network Rail to close these crossings, which is the only sensible action.

Tunnels or footbridges could be provided for pedestrians and cyclists and vehicle traffic could use other routes.

But of course that would be politically unacceptable to the residents. And probably reduce house prices!

It’s a difficult one, but the alternative of closing the railway would be equally unacceptable to the pver two million passengers every year, who use Barnes station.


January 1, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 2 Comments