New bid to reopen Long Rock pedestrian crossing as 'error' found
A FRESH campaign has been launched to urgently reopen the Long Rock pedestrian crossing following claims that information used in the decision to close it was inaccurate.
An investigation by the Friends of Long Rock Mexico Crossing Committee (FLRMCC) claimed the risk could have been overestimated by as much as 500 times.
Campaigners say they have evidence that an error in reporting the results of Network Rail's risk assessment, following the death of Jeanette Nicholls in 2011, led the crossing to be categorised as one of the most dangerous in the country.
The original report, submitted to Cornwall Council by Network Rail, stated the risk of death to an individual walking across the track once was 1 in 23,000.
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But Nick Tregenza, a member of FLRMCC, claimed new analysis of the figures put the risk at 1 in 11 million.
He said: "By their figures about six people a year should die but it's actually been two in 160 years. They should never use collective risk; it doesn't give the right figure.
"The important thing is that if one person crosses it, what is their risk? The risk for me, as a frequent user, was a risk of dying once every 10,000 years. I was happy with that."
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) confirmed it was looking into reports that the figures submitted for analysis by Network Rail were inconsistent.
Network Rail was unavailable for comment as The Cornishman went to press.
The council failed to comment and said it was a matter for the ORR.
FLRMCC chairman Rob Nance said he hoped this new information would save the issue from being sent to the secretary of state, who has to give final approval for the crossing to remain closed permanently.
To coincide with the new campaign, artist Jane Bailey has placed yellow ribbons at the site and is urging campaigners to write messages of support and tie them to the gates at the crossing.