Dock View Road Railway Embankment
2:01pm Wednesday 31st July 2013 in News
VALE MP Alun Cairns met with local residents of Dock View Road to see and hear their concerns about the dangerous condition of the pavement and fencing safety along Dock View Road in Barry.
Mr Cairns was alarmed that the hole between the pavement and the fence was dangerous enough for a child to fall through. He has called on the local authority to take action. He has written to the Vale of Glamorgan Council to re-asses their response to his earlier request to help make safe the embankment fencing and pavement area. The Council had replied to the Vale MP’s initial query back in March, stating that the fencing and wall in question was not their responsibility.
Mr Cairns met with concerned residents this week to see for himself the extent of the disrepair and safety hazard at the Dock View railway embankment and was shocked to see how serious the safety issues were for local residents and children.
Network Rail have informed the Vale MP that they are prepared to work with the Council to ensure that the necessary action is taken to make safe the area. Mr Cairns has written to the Council again, on behalf of the residents of Dock View Road to call on them to help secure a safe environment for this particular section of the railway embankment, pavement and in helping control the speed of traffic on this particular stretch of road.
Mr Cairns said:
“I met with local residents of Dock View Road to see for myself the unsafe and dangerous state of the wall, fence and pavement which abuts the railway embankment. I also heard their concerns regarding speeding traffic along this stretch of road.
“Having raised the safety aspects of the embankment with the Council back in March, I was disappointed to see that nothing had been done to make safe the area which is so close to the busy railway line.
“Network Rail has informed me that they are prepared to work with the Vale Council to facilitate an improvement. I have contacted the Leader of the Council on behalf of the residents and enclosed photographs that show the seriousness of the issue.
“I believe the local authority has a wider responsibility to act in securing a safe environment. I’ve also asked the Council to assess the issue of speeding traffic and to consider what action needs to be taken with regard traffic management.”