Safety boost for crossing

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NETWORK Rail will close a dangerous level crossing from tomorrow to install new safety barriers, despite opposition to the move.

Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service have both expressed concerns over projected waiting times of up to almost 12 minutes once the crossing is upgraded.

A full double barrier is being installed with cutting-edge technology to detect objects on the line, with the location to be monitored by CCTV.

The crossing, which will reopen on June 2, lies on the B701 – between Kirknewton and East Calder – and has a notorious history for fatal and serious accidents.

David Simpson, Network Rail’s route managing director for Scotland, said it was the operator’s duty to provide the safest possible facilities.”