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Newark Castle train station to benefit from plan of action

Plans to quickly deal with a gridlocked town centre will be made by local authorities.

A commitment to draw up plans were made by Newark and Sherwood District Council and Network Rail after concerns from North Muskham Parish Council Ian Harrison.

Speaking to John Robinson, chief executive of the district council, who was joined be representatives of Network Rail, Mr Harrison said: "Given we are going to get failures no matter how good the technology and maintenance is, I am more concerened with the suitability of the contingency plans that are in place (at Newark Castle train station).

Newark Castle train station (11514096)
Newark Castle train station (11514096)

"In 2018, Newark was totally gridlocked for eight hours and there are still no effective means of communicating to the local police or the emergency services, who might be trying to get patients and, generally, there did not seem to be a coordinated response to that.

"Have you ever tried to a dry exercise with those other partners?"

Mr Harrison also said it was promised that there would be signage and communications in regards to the easing of access into Waitrose as well as improved communication with bus services and community radio.

Newark Castle House Train Station. (4164178)
Newark Castle House Train Station. (4164178)

"I really think that this will happen again and this needs to be tested," he said.

Mr Robinson said Mr Harrison made a strong point and that the local resilience forum would be used to help create an exercise to deal with the situation in the future.

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