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Gridlock caused by another level crossing barrier failure at Newark Castle Station

There was gridlock on roads in Newark and heading into town when the barriers at Castle Station level crossing were stuck in the down position on Monday.

The barriers were down for more than an hour before the fault was fixed, leaving cars queuing.

A bystander said police arrived to direct traffic. The traffic was eventually cleared by late afternoon.

Many readers took to the Advertiser Facebook page to express their anger at the situation, which was described as laughable.

Martyn Cox said the functionality of the barrier’s need looking into.

He said: “It’s caused the entire town to become gridlocked yet again. Businesses are trying to reopen after the worst 12 months imaginable and then traffic comes to a complete standstill.”

Another reader, Vicki Leek, called for the barriers to be physically controlled again as a solution to the increasing number of issues.

Vicki said: “Why they ever got rid of the man doing them in his signal box is beyond me. Never failed then in the years of him doing it. Cost less to pay a man’s wages than it would an engineer coming out every two seconds when there stuck.”

At a meeting in February, Network Rail apologised for the faults on the barriers along the rail line.

It said it was taking the situation seriously and has promised to make improvements.

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