Seconds before freight train, man climbs Lincoln crossing barriers

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CCTV footage released by Network Rail shows how a pedestrian risked his life by recklessly climbing over the barriers at the High Street level crossing in Lincoln.

The incident happened on December 14, 2012, at around 3.34am, when what appears to be a young man climbed over the barriers on the High Street, only to be passed by a freight train seconds after he managed to climb on the other side.

Phil Verster, route managing director for Network Rail said: “This individual had a very lucky escape and these images reinforce the need for us to take action at both level crossing sites in the city. We are acutely aware of this need and continue to seek the best possible solution for the High Street level crossing.”

As previously reported, Network Rail is proposing to build two pedestrian footbridges in Lincoln: one over the Brayford level crossing, with a planning application submitted this week to the council, and a second one at the High Street Level, for which designs have not been completed.

Network Rail is now in discussions with the owners of 179 High Street to see if it is possible to redevelop this building as part of the footbridge design.

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