LETTER: The modern railway has to be fit for purpose

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I read in last week’s Sussex Express that Luddite (sorry, Lewes) District Council has refused permission for Network Rail to bring Plumpton level crossing into the twenty-first century.

I am a lifelong railway enthusiast and love the sight of traditional level crossing gates leisurely swinging across the road.

Unfortunately the cost of operating such antiquities is immense, requiring a staffed signal box for the entire time that the railway is operational. If people want to savour working nineteenth century infrastructure, let them visit a heritage railway (not the Bluebell, obviously, which was wisely constructed in 1882 without level crossings). The modern railway has to be fit for purpose.

Nick Hall,

Valence Road, Lewes