Call for ur­gent ac­tion on safety fenc­ing

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY KIRSTEN ROBERT­SON

Res­i­dents are de­mand­ing fenc­ing pre­vent­ing cars fall­ing on to a rail­way line is im­proved be­fore a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent hap­pens.

It is in place at the rail­way bridge on Don Street, Til­ly­drone, op­po­site bol­lards, in an at­tempt to pre­vent cars go­ing off the side in an ac­ci­dent.

How­ever, lo­cal peo­ple now fear the bar­ri­ers are be­ing ne­glected by Net­work Rail, who have vowed to “as­sess” the sit­u­a­tion.

Til­ly­drone res­i­dent Lynne Digby said: “The fenc­ing looks for­got­ten about by Net­work Rail.

“Hav­ing put large con­crete bol­lards and new fenc­ing on one side, you’d think they would at least put suit­able fenc­ing in the most haz­ardous part at the junc­tion where most ac­ci­dents take place.”

The Don Street junc­tion is nar­rower than both its ap­proach­ing roads, with safety con­cerns be­ing raised for both mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans.

Res­i­dents of Til­ly­drone and Wood­side were asked last year to give their views on how to im­prove the area, with hun­dreds of com­ments re­ceived.

Many peo­ple called for the Don Street junc­tion and bar­ri­ers over­look­ing the rail­way track to be made safer, with one res­i­dent de­scrib­ing the area as “an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.”

A Net­work Rail spokesman said: “We reg­u­larly in­spect our line­side fenc­ing and also op­er­ate a sep­a­rate scheme to iden­tify sites where ve­hi­cle in­cur­sion may be a risk.

“We will as­sess this lo­ca­tion.”

“The fenc­ing looks for­got­ten about by Net­work Rail”

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