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Gridlock after Thatcham level crossing barriers failure

Reports of four-mile queues following barrier failure

John Herring

John Herring


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36-0812I Thatcham Rail Crossing

THERE was traffic chaos in and around Thatcham last night because of failed level crossing barriers at the station. 

The barriers became stuck at around 5.30pm and congestion on nearby roads quickly ensued. Traffic was reportedly queuing back to Woolhampton because of the failure, while Station Road became gridlocked. 

Commenting on the NewburyToday forum Washwaterman said that it had taken an hour an five minutes to travel from the SSE roundabout to the level crossing. 

Tweeter @_Calamity_Jane said: "Some rail workers or local police need to get down there if poss. Was Chaos & no one to tell ppl."

Network Rail engineers arrived on the site at 6.45pm and manually lifted the barriers to enable traffic to pass through. 

A number of trains were also delayed for an hour and 51 minutes.

A spokeswoman for Network Rail, Victoria Bradley, said that the fault caused the barriers to stay down "as they should always do for safety reasons."

The fault was identified with the signalling system in the Colthrop crossing box and was fixed at around 2.45am on Wednesday

Mrs Bradley apologised for the inconvenience caused.

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  • Hoppy

    16/10/2015 - 19:07

    A Disgruntled Passenger - 14/11/15 I was a passenger on a train from Reading that arrived at Thatcham at 17.39. Being disabled, I walked along to the gates with my husband so that we could get across the railway. After 25 mins I was so cold, and in pain with standing, that in the end we walked back to the pedestrian bridge. Getting up the steps and across the bridge and down again took me about 7 or 8 minutes. Not an easy exercise when you are on crutches and in pain. All of this carry-on came at the end of what started as a bad day when over-running engineering meant that we had to get a bus into Reading. Our journey to London took 2.5 hours instead of 50 minutes. All in all a disastrous day travel wise


  • geeman

    14/10/2015 - 23:11

    This crossing is an absolute joke. A bridge should have been built years ago....everyone knows it yet nothing is done. Why build a bridge at Ufton Nervet when thatcham has all this traffic and a highly inefficent crossing!! The people in charge have absolutely no common sense ot's a bloody joke.