Due to concerns from many local people and the negative response from what was Railtrack and now Network Rail, Phil Hughes, Chairman of Stroud & District Access Group, has set up a petition on the Governments No 10 Website:
Speaking with uhad2bthere yesterday Mr Hughes said,
"It appears that pedestrian railway crossings will only have audible warnings. However locally we have a crossing close to three secondary schools, several primary schools, a college and not too far away a training centre for those with a disability. Recently a press article stated that train operators had reported several near misses at this crossing. Several residents who have a hearing problem have contacted me, so I took up the reins and only posted this petition yesterday and received approval today from No 10. As you can see it is early days but it is gaining support, with nine (9) signing within the first hour. If equality is for everyone, why is a deaf or hard of hearing person denied the warning that he/she is in danger of being hit by a train due to no visual warning that one may be approaching, but not yet visible. On the other side of the coin a blind person can hear the warning bell, but a deaf person has to take a chance, sometimes where a train, as locally, comes hurtling around a bend at up to 125m.p.h."
Please consider signing the petition at the No 10 website, it could save lives.
Original Content, 21st May 2009