Crash crossing was considered for an upgrade

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A LEVEL crossing where a four-year-old girl was killed had been considered for safety improvements, a report has revealed.

Emma Lifsey, from Haxey, near Doncaster, died after the Volvo car she was in was struck by a train at Beech Hill level crossing at Misson Springs, close to Robin Hood Airport, on Tuesday.

A 2011 report by rail operator Network Rail has revealed the crossing had been earmarked to have its half-barriers replaced with full barriers next year.

However, later consultation saw the plan dropped.

Phil Verseter, Network Rail route managing director, said: “At this sad time, Network Rail’s thoughts are with the Emma’s family.

“We are all trying to understand what happened and we are working closely with the investigating authorities.

“We are upgrading the line to allow more trains to run.

“The Beech Hill level crossing is on this line and, working with the Office of Rail Regulation, all the risks such as the number of road vehicles and the speed and frequency of trains were considered.

“This process concluded no change is required.”