Improvement works to start on crossing where four-year-old was killed by a train

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Improvement works are set to start on a level crossing where a four-year-old was hit and killed by a train.

Emma Lifsey suffered fatal injuries in the horrific collision at Beech Hill crossing, Misson Springs, near Bawtry, in December 2012.

Beech Hill crossing will be closed completely from 8am on Saturday, August 16 until 8am on Monday, September 29 whilst improvements take place.

The youngster was travelling with her Bawtry grandmother who drove the car on to the level crossing when the barriers were down but the visibility of the red warning lights was ‘low’,

A report presented to the government ruled the road traffic signals - known as wig-wags - were well below the specified brightness.

Rail passengers are reminded of the changes to train travel on the line between Doncaster and Gainsborough as the next stage of improvement work to the Great Northern Great Eastern (GNGE).

The work is the next phase of investment to transform the GNGE line between Peterborough and Doncaster via Gainsborough.

Phil Verster, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, explained: “The GNGE line is an important route for both freight and passenger trains. Demand for rail services continues to grow and the upgrade of this line is an important project to help meet that demand.

“During just 16 days our engineers will replace and repair bridges and lower tracks, so modern, taller containers can travel along the line. Work on the highways over three level crossings will mean they can be upgraded with modern technology later this year.

“This is an essential element of our continuing investment in Britain’s railway. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience to passengers during this time, and thank the local community for their support while we transform the GNGE line.”

No trains will run between Doncaster and Gainsborough - in either direction - between 9pm on Saturday, 16 August and 8:30am on Monday, 1 September to allow the improvements to be completed.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel, and details of bus replacement services are on or by calling 08457 48 49 50.