Fishermen's Crossing, likely named for its use by fishermen to access the nearby River Severn, is located between Arley and Highley, just North of Borle Viaduct. It is also known as Coombys Farm Crossing, after the nearby farm, now part of a small holiday park.
New gates were installed at the crossing at the end of August 2002. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News noted that "This was required purely to conform with regulations - the gates are quite useless, as they are kept permanently open by all concerned the entire time, as were the perfectly sound ones they replaced." Two years later in August 2004, the crossing was the scene of a collision between a "Steam School Special" hauled by Ivatt Class 2 46443 and a van which drove onto the crossing without stopping, the crossing gates having been left open by a previous user. The van was carried some distance down the track, with the driver suffering injury though fortunately not fatal. H.M. Railway Inspectorate found no fault with the locomotive/train braking or the signing of the crossing, and no blame for the collision was attached to the Railway.
Ongoing concerns over safety at the crossing led to discussions with the Office of Rail Regulation in 2013, following which Fishermen's Crossing became a full, open crossing. This involved the removal of the gates and the introduction of speed humps and signage, placing the onus on the crossing user to observe and use the crossing in accordance with that signage.
See alsoTowards Kidderminster
List of infrastructure
- Coombys Farm website
- SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 140
- SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 148, General Manager's Notes
- HSE's annual report on railway safety 2004 – ORR Retrieved 8 June 2015
- SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 149, Boardroom Notes
- Van driver blamed for rail crash, BBC News Retrieved 8 June 2015
- SVRLive! News archive Retrieved 5 July 2015