Concern missing railway fence in Sheffield is ‘accident waiting to happen’

Trevor Proctor is concerned about the missing railway fence along a footpath off Deep Lane. Picture: Andrew Roe
Trevor Proctor is concerned about the missing railway fence along a footpath off Deep Lane. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A concerned neighbour is urging Network Rail to take action over missing fencing in Sheffield before someone is hurt.

Trevor Proctor said the missing wire fencing along a footpath off Deep Lane, Shiregreen, is an ‘accident waiting to happen’.

Mr Proctor, of Shiregreen, who uses the path daily when walking his son’s dog, said large areas of fencing have been missing for months. The footpath is close to a stretch of the Sheffield to Barnsley railway line, between Meadowhall Interchange and Chapeltown stations.

Mr Proctor said: “There are people walking there all the time with their dogs.

“People also use the footpath to go to Meadowhall and a lot of people also take children along there.

“My main concern is children. If they see the gaps in the fence, they could go onto the track.

“The banking beside the track is steep in places too.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen. What are they going to do, wait until someone is seriously injured or worse?”

Mr Proctor has been contacting Network Rail, which manages Britain’s railway infrastructure, for the last six months trying to get the fencing repaired.

A Network Rail spokesman said there are plans to construct a new metal fence along the route.

He said: “This location has been repaired each time the damage has been reported. We have a project planned to replace the current fencing with metal palisade fencing.”