The Residents' Association is given to understand that Network Rail is to install new technology at the Green Lane Crossing to highlight those persons using headphones or a mobile phone and thus paying less attention to personal safety.
Following a relatively recent near-miss incident in which a young lady walked in front of a train because she was distracted listening to music on her headphones, this crossing has been chosen by Network Rail as one of the pilot sites for new technology.
Persons identified by the technology using a mobile phone or another device while near the Crossing will cause flashing lights to be activated drawing their attention to possible danger. Bearing in mind the circumstances of the near-miss incident this can only make use of the crossing safer for residents.
The crossing is adjudged as High Risk due to the numbers of trains crossing and pedestrian usage. We understand there are on average 221 trains passing each day plus some 200+ pedestrian crossings.
This Right of Way crossing is an essential link between the north and south of Ashtead as evidenced by the average usage, and the Association is grateful to Network Rail for recognising this and seeking to improve safety without resorting to the draconian measure of seeking crossing closure which would be very unpopular.