A man was hit by a train on Sunday afternoon at the crossing at Melrose Avenue.
Multiple sirens could be heard at around 2pm yesterday afternoon and Merseyrail tweeted that there had been an accident on the train line between Manor Road and Hoylake stations. A man, who was taken to hospital, was hit by a West Kirby train approaching Manor Road station.
A BTP spokeswoman confirmed “a man has been injured after being struck by a train at the Melrose Avenue crossing. It is being treated as non-suspicious. The man was taken to hospital where he is receiving treatment for his injuries.”
The line reopened at around 3:15pm.
Unfortunately, there have been multiple fatalities on this stretch of the Wirral Line over many years, some accidents and some suicides. In an attempt to help people in distress, I think at all the Hoylake crossings there is a Samaritans sign with a phone number to call for someone to talk to in confidence.
Due to the curves in the track there is restricted visibility when crossing from the “to Liverpool” side of the line. I reported nearly three years ago that Network Rail wanted to close some of the railway crossings in Hoylake. Does anybody know what the current situation is regarding those proposals?
Would an automatic warning and locking system on the crossing gates be a partial safety solution? The gates (both for motorists and pedestrians) locking within a couple of minutes of a train arriving?
What are your thoughts?