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.
Valence Road, Lewes