Friday, May 22, 2020

A motorist had a miraculous escape at the notorious railway crossing on April 29 last when their car was struck by a train. Picture : Keith Heneghan

There are renewed calls for the installation of automated gates at a notorious Mayo railway crossing.
Kilnageer railway crossing, outside Castlebar, was the scene of a dramatic collision between a car and a train on April 29 last. Miraculously nobody was seriously injured.
The accident shone a spotlight once again on the unmanned crossing which has been the scene of a number of near-misses over the years.
Irish Rail has said it has no plans to automate the level crossing at Kilnageer, and has instead commissioned a new lighting system that requires the road user to open and close two sets of gates.
“These new lights are totally inadequate and are adding to the problem,” said Fine Gael councillor Ger Deere.
“The only solution is to install automated gates,” added Cllr Deere.
He said he has Covid-19 related concerns about the gate system.
“Findings say that the coronavirus can remain on surfaces such as these. There are no warning signs to alert users to this,” said the Castlebar councillor.
His party colleague Cllr Cyril Burke has a motion before next week’s meeting of Castlebar Municipal Districting urging the automation of the level crossing.

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