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Residents get safer rail crossing
Crossing additions at Bishops Stortford
Campaigners sent a petition to Network Rail
Campaigners have succeeded in a push to improve safety on a railway crossing where a woman died in September last year.

Joan Sage, 81, was killed by a Stansted Express train bound for London as she walked her dog across the tracks near Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire.

Hundreds of local residents signed a petition for safety improvements and now a gate and flashing lights have been installed at the site.

Elaine Dawson, one of the campaigners, said: "Provided the lights and warnings are working at all times, it should be a lot safer.

"My only fear is that the kids will vandalise it, so I beg them, please don't mess it up for us. It took a long time to get us this far, so please don't spoil it."

Safety campaigners said they had raised concerns about the railway crossing years before Mrs Sage was killed.

They said the other crossing in the local area is a mile and a half away and has steps, making it unmanageable for people with pushchairs and the elderly.


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