Safety worries for disabled at Wrexham rail crossing

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A RAILWAY crossing is a safety hazard for disabled users, a community leader claims.

Rossett councillor Hugh Jones is urging rail bosses to make changes to the crossing on Station Road, Rossett, as he feels it is not safe for the disabled to use.

He says changes need to be made to the frequently used crossing to allow residents to cross more easily without having to struggle pushing open the large gates on both sides of the track.

Cllr Jones said: “I have concerns about the disabled access from both the Rossett and Burton side of the crossing.

“This path is no longer fit for use and something needs to be done desperately to make this safer.

“Some of them fear for their lives when they use it.”

Cllr Jones said requests have been made to Network Rail for changes to be implemented.

Rossett Community Council chairman Norman Venables said the issue has been raised at council meetings.

He said: “Some people are concerned about the issue and I know Network Rail is looking into it.

“They have looked at what changes could be made.”

The crossing has lights which warn pedestrians when a train is coming.

Mobility scooter user Alf Finchett, 79, has problems crossing the railway line and often has to climb in and out of his mobility scooter to negotiate his ways through.

He said: “The gate is too heavy. The alternative would be to cross the main road and that is very dangerous.

“Something needs doing very soon.”

Mr Finchett added he would welcome changes being made.

He said: “I’d like to see the drawings there before anything was done.

“This is a difficult position because there probably still needs to be a gate to stop children playing on there.”

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We have met with the councillors and are currently investigating the situation.”

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