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Investigation reopened into death on Lady Howard Rail Crossing - Update 19th October 2023

An investigation has been reopened into the death of an elderly woman who was struck by a train on a level crossing.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said "new evidence has been made available" since it published its report into the incident near Ashtead, Surrey, in April last year.

The 85-year-old victim, not named in the report, was walking on a footpath and bridleway crossing.

The Chief Inspector of Rail Accidents said new evidence may be "significant".

The original RAIB report, published in February concluded that the woman had been unable to see the train because it was hidden by another train going the other way.

Network Rail said at the time it had added more signage at the crossing and will install warning lights. The company has been approached for fresh comment after the reopening of the investigation. (Source BBC News)

Update 19th October 2023

Network Rail have advised us that the planned installation of Miniature Stop Lights (MSLs) at Lady Howard is still on schedule. All scoping work has been completed and works start in late November with commissioning for completion in January 2024.

Near Miss at Craddocks Avenue Crossing

There was a near miss yesterday (17th October 2023) at Craddock’s Lane foot crossing. Two joggers ran over in front of an approaching train. Emergency brakes were applied and the train driver very shaken up. Why risk the rest of your lives just to gain a few seconds? Stupidity!

The crossing is also being upgraded soon, new rubberised decking, access step removed from both approaches, new metal stiles also being installed.


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