Nearly 90 per cent of Penzance people want fatal Long Rock crossing reopened
NEARLY 90 per cent of people in a Cornishman poll say the Long Rock crossing closed after the death of grandmother Jeanette Nicholls say it should be reopened.
Mrs Nicholls was hit by a train at the controversial Mexico crossing in October 2011.
It has been closed since December after Cornwall Council enforced an emergency closure request from Network Rail – a closure backed by the Cornwall coroner and Mrs Nicholls' family.
The 73-year-old's death followed five near misses and two other incidents on the line since 2007.
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But hundreds of residents have hit out at the decision – including 200 who attended a public meeting in Long Rock in January who were unanimously in favour of reopening it.
They say Mexico crossing gives vital access to the beach at Long Rock and its closure has also been criticised by a paramedic who says it is putting lives at risk.
Now a poll run online by The Cornishman has shown that 56 per cent of people believe the crossing should be reopened immediately, while a further 32 per cent say it should reopen with safety improvements introduced.
Just 12 per cent say the crossing should be closed permanently.
The Friends of Long Rock Mexico Crossing group fear that now that the crossing is closed it will be hard to get it opened again.