Portslade crossing closure announcement sparks confusion

Posted On 29 Jun 2022 at 2:52 pm

The level crossing at Portslade Station. By Paul Gillett/Creative Commons

A warning that Portslade station level crossing was due to close for four days was taken back within hours of being issued this morning.

Both Brighton and Hove Buses and Brighton and Hove City Council tweeted about the closure, which they said was due to an electrical fault.

The council said electrical works due to be carried out by UK Power Networks would mean the level crossing on Boundary Road would be closed.

The council later updated their Twitter to apologise, and say the works will now be delayed. Both tweets have now been deleted.

Any closure would affect bus routes 6 and 46, operated by Brighton and Hove buses.

Brighton and Hove Buses said the 6 and 46 services would be diverted via Old Shoreham Road, Olive Road and Portland Road.

News of the closure renewed calls for more accessible pedestrian routes around the station.

Resident Neil Nam said on Facebook: “Wheelchair users, parent/carers with wheelchairs, prams etc will have to go down Victoria Rd, under the railway and then back along Vale Rd, then back up Station/Boundary Road to go north-south and vice-versa, or get to/from the required platforms.

“It’s time there was an accessible route over the track at the station itself.

“Once, a while ago, the entrance to the eastbound platform was closed, and I was left to get to it from the westbound platform, by going over the footbridge, with my son in his wheelchair.

“It was impossible so I couldn’t go. I had to get a bus to Brighton instead, adding 45 minutes to the journey.”

A spokesperson for UK Power Network said: “Engineers need to carry out repairs to an underground cable fault at the junction of Boundary Road and Victoria Road, Portslade, to maintain reliable power supplies for local homes and businesses.

“We are working tonight on finalising the traffic management and diversions, but the railway level crossing itself will not be closed as the result of this work.

“Our teams will work as quickly and safely as possible to keep any disruption to traffic to a minimum. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

  1. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    A rule of thumb is to avoid it at all times.

  2. Peter Challis Reply

    Strange comments considering you stood as as the Green Parliamentary Candidate for Hove and Portslade – perhaps a good thing your didn’t win if you’d have avoided coming here 😏

    • Christopher Hawtree Reply

      No, I cycle around other routes to avoid the level crossing. As, dare I say it, automobile drivers can do. I see no need to wait at the level crossing.

  3. Keith Reply

    Nothing indicating the level crossing was closed as I only found out at the traffic lights saying “road closed” well, which part and I hope I get get out on that road near it.

    Not an issue in a car, but something bigger than a minibus requires more space.

    • Charles U Farley Reply

      Tweet it will be closed.
      Tweet work is delayed and that it will not be closed.
      Cock-Up on the communication front?

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