A FAULT with a level crossing in the Moorlands caused a standstill in town traffic when it's barriers remained down for nearly two hours, provoking a back-up of vehicles along the road. On Friday, police were called to divert traffic away from Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge with the barriers blocking any way through from either direction. A spokesperson for the Staffordshire Police told the Times and Echo: “We were called at around 4pm on Friday August 2, to reports that barriers had broken and officers were there directing traffic. “British Transport Police were also asked to attend along with Network Rail.”
The line is part of the London North Eastern and East Midlands Route run by East Midlands Trains.
Network Rail disclosed that the reason behind why the barriers remained locked was down to a blown fuse.
A spokesperson for Network Rail told the Times and Echo: “The level crossing failed at 2.47pm and was handed back at 4.35pm.
“The incident was caused by a blown fuse in the relay room.
“The time it took to bring the crossing back into operation was caused by our response team having to travel from Derby to Blythe Bridge and then needing to negotiate the traffic caused by the barrier failure.
“The failure then needed to be investigated by our engineers, with a spare identified and then installed.
“A more robust fuse will be installed in order to prevent this type of failure occurring again.”
We reported last year that the same level crossing experienced the same issue in July 2018, where “a new part” was required to get the junction back up and running again.
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