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Coroner will not call for review of rail safety of Glebe Way Level Crossing


No review of rail safety

CORONER Rebecca Cobb will not be calling for a review into the safety of Glebe Way crossing.

Speaking after the inquest into Mrs Graham's death, she said she did not consider the crossing to be dangerous.

Miss Cobb had earlier heard evidence from British Transport Police Sergeant Tony Peach that following the death of Mrs Nacci on January 18, an investigation had been carried out to see if there were any safety issues at the crossing.

He said no improvements were necessary but Network Rail was to investigate lighting at the site.

Meanwhile, Canterbury Samaritans have placed laminated posters either side of the crossing in Clifton Road and Glebe Way giving details of its help line.

There is also a poster at Whitstable station.

Staff there are among more than 1,000 employees at 220 locations across the rail network who have received the Samaritans' suicide prevention training.

It is part of a partnership between Network Rail and the Samaritans to reduce railway suicides by 20 per cent over five years.

The campaign was launched in January last year.

The Samaritans offer free confidential support 24 hours a day to anyone in distress. Call 08457 90 90 90 or the Canterbury branch on 01227 457777.

There is e-mail support at jo@Samaritans.org.

Mark Kilbey, director of Canterbury and District Mental Health Forum attended the hearings on both days.

He said: "Suicide is a preventable tragedy. On many occasions those who take their lives keep their intentions private.

"While privacy is something valuable it is vital that help is sought. The first step is to express your true feelings."

Mental Health Matters 24-hour help line is on 0800 107 0160.

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