POLLY Billington, Labour’s candidate for Thurrock, launched a petition to keep crossing open after Network Rail threatened to close it due to safety concerns. Polly met residents at St Peter and St Paul’s in Grays, for their weekly coffee morning.
“Everyone who uses the crossing needs to use it properly so that those who can’t use the bridge don’t get cut out of Grays town centre. Network Rail should give us a chance to make it safer”, said Polly.
Concerns were raised that many people would be unable to use the bridge and would have to take a 10 minute detour or would be put off from going to Grays all together.
Sandra Lawrence Pastoral Assistant at the church said, ‘The crossing is really important because we have got Thurrock’s lifestyle solutions coming to the church on Friday. Some people are in wheelchairs and others have limited walking ability. They would not be able to get here if the crossing was closed."
Deborah Pangeti, Church Server, expressed concerns about the impact it would have on families in Grays. She said, "We get a lot of parents with toddlers and babies in their push chairs. Without the crossing it would be really difficult for them to get to Noah’s Ark play group."