VIDEO - railway crossing fault causes town traffic chaos

Rush hour traffic heading into Sleaford was at a standstill this morning (Friday) after firefighters were called out to assist railway workers clean the tracks at Southgate level crossing.

Apparently dirt and grit, especially salt from gritters, had interfered with the electrical sensors on the line, confusing the system into thinking a train may be on the crossing when it wasn’t.

In turn this caused the crossing gates to fail and traffic was tailed back out of town.

A firecrew was called to assist Network Rail staff flush out the dirt from between the rails with a high pressure hose.

This was quite a common occurrence according to one Network Rail official.

The track was finally cleared just after 9am.