Crossing work is under way

Howdon Level Crossing.'REF 2609143679
Howdon Level Crossing.'REF 2609143679

Work has begun on improving safety at a level crossing in Wallsend.

Nexus, which owns and manages the Metro system, is investing £800,000 on new safety features at five Metro level crossings, including at Howdon.

The level crossings are to get brighter stop lights and clearer warning signs as part of the £389m Metro: all change modernisation programme.

There will also be red warning lights on the pedestrian crossing points in order to improve safety for people on foot and tactile paving will be fitted for people with visual impairments.

Director of rail and infrastructure, Raymond Johnstone, said: “Safety is always our top priority and that is why we are investing in these new safety features.

“The new LEDs lights that we are installing are much sharper, so that the warnings cannot be any clearer.”

“The pedestrian crossing points are getting new warning lights because many people on foot often don’t appreciate the dangers, especially at Metro level crossings where the trains approach at a low speed.”

The stop lights on a Metro level crossing flash red to warn motorists when a train is approaching. These halogen lights are being replaced with LED lamps, which are much brighter and easier to maintain.

The road signs on the approach to the crossings will be fluorescent yellow, so that they stand out more.

And there will be yellow box markings over each crossing so that drivers can see the hazard even more clearly.