Portland Street railway crossing – need for further attention following fatality

Southport Lib Dem Councillor Tony Dawson has contacted Sefton Council Service Manager, Alan Hogan of CAPITA SYMONDS Highways and Infrastructure after reading about the  fatality incident at Portland Street level crossing.  Cllr Dawson read  about the incident  on Southport’s number 1 news media OTS News.co.uk.

Below is the email Cllr Dawson sent to Alan Hogan.


I am concerned at the state of Portland Street railway crossing , following the fatality incident the day before yesterday. There is need for a bit of extra cleaning up to be done still. I realise that the track is owned by Network Rail but it is also a highway at this point and it is the pedestrian users of the highway who are most concerned at the extent of barely-covered human remains (blood/tissue) which have emerged as some of the sand which was originally laid around the line where the fatality took place has moved due to traffic. Having seen a couple of complaints about this I went to have a look for myself and can see the point which people are making. For those who know what happened on Tuesday night, the association of  the emerging red with what they know is not very nice. I would suggest a compressor and a high pressure hose might be the answer, possibly followed by a further light sprinkling of salt/sand.  I should be grateful if you could liaise with Network Rail to see how quickly this task might be accomplished – and if you can keep me in touch with what is happening.
Thanks in anticipation.
(Cllr) Tony Dawson
Dear Cllr Dawson,

I’ve contacted Network Rail and they have raised this on their system . This will now be allocated to the appropriate team. They were unable to give a precise timing for the additional cleaning exercise but did confirm it would be dealt with urgently. I’ve copied Cleansing in on this e-mail in case they need to play a part on the adjoining highway.

Regards Alan

Alan Hogan

Service Manager, Highways and Infrastructure

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