March 2010 in Network Rail and Suppliers
A concerned reporter has observed that an access gate was left open by the manned signal box on Woodbury Lane, near Norton Juxta Kempsey in Worcestershire, potentially giving the public access to the railway.
The reporter believes this might be a reoccurring thing and
suggests that a reminder that the gate is to be kept shut could be
put in this signal box.
Could this be arranged?
Network Rail would like to thank the reporter for raising their concern regarding the Woodbury Lane access gate.
Upon receipt of the CIRAS report, arrangements were made to inspect the access gate. On this occasion the gate was found to be secured. Unfortunately signallers would not be aware if the gate had been left open as it is not within sight of the signal box. Security of operational locations form part of the regular inspections undertaken by the local manager and all staff are aware of the importance in keeping access points to the railway secure. We have arranged for all local staff to be rebriefed and relevant reminder signs to be installed.
Network Rail encourage all railway staff to report open access gates immediately to a member of Network Rail staff or via recognised railway company hazard reporting processes so that the matter can be investigated promptly and railway boundaries secured as a matter of urgency.