ONE of South Yorkshire’s most high profile public transport officials has called for action to replace level crossings following the tragedy which killed Emma Lifsey.
Mick Jameson, the Doncaster councillor who chairs the South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority responsible for public transport in the region, wants the matter to be raised following Emma’s death on a crossing between Doncaster and Westwoodside.
He said: “There is already a national campaign on this. I don’t know all the details of this case, but quite frankly level crossings are antiquated. “They came into being before the modern age, and we should be able to ensure the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
“I think all level crossings should be phased out, whether they have barriers or not. People can get stuck on any sort of level crossing, and I don’t think people realise how quickly some trains travel. I would like to see this discussed.”
Bassetlaw MP John Mann, whose constituency covers the site of the latest tragedy, also raised concerns about level crossings.
He said: “I send my condolences to the family at this very difficult time. My thoughts are with them and also with the train driver who is having to deal with a nightmare scenario that no one wishes to be in.
“This was an accident waiting to happen. There are many level crossings in my constituency in towns, villages and the countryside and I raised concerns in Parliament about level crossing safety in Bassetlaw in 2010.
“In today’s world people cannot place their lives in the hands of the rail authorities every time they have to cross a level crossing.”
He added: “It’s a scandal that every time an accident like this happens demands are made this must never happen again. “