Campaign to re-open Long Rock Mexico pedestrian railway crossing
IT IS time to reopen the Long Rock Mexico pedestrian railway crossing.
Today we launch a campaign to have the crossing brought back into use – because that's what the majority of people want.
The crossing was closed at the request of Cornwall's Deputy Coroner in December 2012 following the death of Jeanette Nicholls at the spot the previous year.
Friends of Long Rock Mexico Crossing (FLRMC) have led the campaign so far, with the support of Ludgvan Parish Council and the majority of residents in the village.
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MP Andrew George has given The Cornishman's campaign his full backing, and said he will continue to support the community in Long Rock as he has done since the crossing was closed.
Mr George said: "I support the campaign. I very strongly supported the retention of the rail crossing and now the re-opening of it. As a regular user I have always been very careful and it seems clear when not to cross," said Mr George.
"If the aim is to reduce danger and the risk of a serious incident, such as what tragically happened to Mrs Nicholls, then closing it would create more danger.
"It is nonsense to argue that doing it is for public safety."
Immediately following the closure, local residents formed the FLRMC campaign group in an attempt to save the route – a popular way through to the beach.
In the ten months since the pedestrian crossing closed, the group has raised more than 150 objections to the permanent closure application from Cornwall Council and had a petition signed by more than 98 per cent of Long Rock residents.
Chairman of FLRMC Rob Nance said: "I think I can speak for all the members of FLRMC, who are both Long Rock residents and many from outside too, when I say that we're delighted that The Cornishman is supporting us with this campaign.
"We have the determination and, most importantly, the simple facts on our side and The Cornishman has greatly helped us in getting these across to the wider community."
A new campaign by artist Jane Bailey has seen residents tie messages of support to the crossing with yellow ribbons.
Today, The Cornishman is proudly displaying a yellow ribbon in support of the Long Rock community – many of whom have been severely affected by the closure.
Turn to page 9 to see an open letter to Cornwall Council from The Cornishman.