Unsuitable for industrial use

There is another aspect to the Marley Lane crossing in addition to the delay issues raised by David Horne in the Observer of February 26.

Network Rail are turning the site into an industrial location for use as a base for maintenance up and down the lines away in 
both directions from the crossing.

Heavy machinery and substantial supplies are delivered and collected at all times of the day and night and then moved onto a small site adjacent to the crossing.

Marley Lane has a 7.5 ton limit, is narrow and the crossing itself is in a residential area.

This activity leads to frequent overnight noise and regular closures of the crossing isolating the communities especially those just the far side of the crossing going away from Battle.

Particularly annoying is the ongoing practice of the continuous running of diesel engines with their fumes in contractors vehicles for 
up to eight hours whilst workmen come and go from them.

As is the loading and unloading of single manned low loaders at any time of day which can cause lengthy queues, danger and frustration.

If work is to take place on the crossing itself then closures are understandable but not while it is used as a launch place for heavy machinery to move onto the rails and go elsewhere.

During February there were 12 overnight workings, most of them involving crossing closures and only one of these occasions was work taking place on the crossing itself.

The Marley Lane crossing site is totally unsuitable for industrial use.

Network Rail should use a properly-constructed access for machinery and materials away from a residential area and where inconvenience to all road users, drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, is removed.

Paul Hoggarth

Marley Lane


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