Britain’s first sliding gate level crossing barriers are now operational in the North East after a recent upgrade as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
The new, telescopic barrier slides out across West Dyke Road in Redcar from alongside the railway tracks and marks the end of the existing boom gate barrier which was plagued by reliability problems during high winds.
The new gate was originally due to be installed in 2018 but with the old barrier increasingly difficult to operate in strong winds, Network Rail took the decision to fast-track the approval process with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and fit the new gates ahead of schedule.
The gate was developed in conjunction with Electrial-Data-Security (EDS), which designed the barriers with a "safety first" design principle.
EDS Managing Director Mark Darlaston said: "We are proud to have delivered a first in UK rail history and are happy to have partnered with Network Rail on such a feat."
"There has already been interest in the product from European neighbours and we anticipate that this first will set the benchmark for future installations."
The crossing came into operation for the first time as West Dyke Road reopened to traffic on Monday, with Redcar MP Anna Turley on hand to speak to engineers who worked throughout the weekend to make sure the crossing opened on schedule.
The highway stop lines and yellow traffic boxes have also been moved nearer to the crossing barriers to create more space for traffic and pedestrians when waiting at the barrier.
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