Know level crossing rules...
THE Highway Code explains the rules of using a railway level crossing.
Approach and cross it with care. Never drive on to a crossing until the road is clear on the other side and do not get too close to the car in front.
Some crossings have yellow box junction markings.
When crossing on foot take extra care. Unlike a pavement, there is not enough room for two people to pass without risk of stepping into the flow of traffic.
If I see someone approaching me, maybe a parent with children or pushing a pram, then I let them cross before making my approach. Bernard Powell
WE NEED TRUSTEES
TRUSTEES’ Week starts on November 13 and what better time to celebrate the vital contribution of these fantastic volunteers.
Around the UK, there are more than one million trustees and in Southport and the surrounding area there are more than one hundred trustees working on behalf of Scouting.
Each one has a special responsibility to provide the stability and good governance every charity needs in order to flourish.
As chair of The Scout Association’s Board of Trustees, I ask myself: what difference do I make as a trustee?
For me, it comes down to five things: stewardship, scrutiny, strategy, support, and skills.
It’s about ensuring the right procedures and policies and are in place to create a safe and secure environment.
It’s our role to ensure there is a clear plan for the future and that there is the right level of challenge and accountability.
So this Trustees’ Week I would like to say a huge thank-you to all those who have already stepped up to the plate and are putting something back into their communities.
I would also like to encourage more young people to come forward and serve as trustees – your energy and ideas are invaluable if we want to continue to help the next generation develop the skills to succeed in life.
Charity boards benefit most when there is a range of ages and backgrounds and they are at their strongest when there is a healthy mix of experiences and perspectives.
I urge you to join us. Ann Limb Chair, The Scout Association
THE only way that the Fisherman’s Path crossing can be made 100% safe for all users is that the gates at the crossing be activated by the Sandhills control and signalling centre.
Just in the same way that the barriers at Eccles Crossing and Victoria Road are controlled by Sandhills control and signalling centre.
Also large notice boards must be erected on both sides of the level crossing together with firstly, an amber light, and afterwards red flashing lights to warn the public that a train is approaching.
This is the only way that this very popular crossing can be made 100% safe for all users.
It is not rocket science to install sensors in the track to protect the general public at the crossing.
I would also make it an offence for users, be it pedestrians or cyclists, to have headphones covering or inserted in their ears when using the crossing at all times.
Our local MP could instigate a private member’s bill when Parliament resumes to make it illegal for any road user to use headphones, as wearing them stops them from hearing what is going on around them.
I myself do not have any trouble crossing the line as I can remember the times of the trains going to both Southport and Liverpool, but