August 3, 2011
to be held over safety of Burnham train crossing after death
County Council and Network Rail are to meet to discuss the safety
of a train crossing on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea following
the death of a Burnham man last month.
Martin Robert Handel, aged 47, from Burnham High Street, was
pronounced dead on the tracks near to the town's Home Farm Holiday
Park on July 24th, as reported here,
after he was struck by a train travelling from Bristol Temple
Meads to Plymouth.
week, Elizabeth Kulh, spokeswoman for Somerset County Council,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Although there is no problem with
the Right of Way at the level crossing, we intend to meet with
Network Rail to discuss this incident further."
comes after the owner of Home Farm Holiday Park, which runs alongside
the crossing, said he has concerns about the safety of the crossing,
as reported here.
A spokeswoman for Network Rail added: "The crossing is a
public right of way and it will require permission and support
from local authorities and the community-at-large respectively
to close it. We also welcome any opportunities to formally discuss
this matter with the holiday park to explore their support in
providing alternative route."
West Somerset coroner Michael Rose said that an inquest into
Mr Handel's death had been opened and adjourned. He was born in
Bridgwater but his most recent address was at the High Street