We challenge Network Rail to serve the public properly and:
- Change your policy on crossing closures to include: 'Network Rail will respect the collective value of crossings to users and the wider effects of closure and will balance them fairly against any safety gains.'
- Stop talking about avoiding 'importing risk to the railway' - you are talking about people and we need to move around to make our lives enjoyable. We are not toxic waste that NR should try to dump elsewhere.
- Stop repeating 'There is always risk where people cross railways' as a definitive argument for closures. Similar arguments are true of hospitals, beaches, lawnmowers etc. They prove nothing except the narrow outlook and lack of balance of NR in using the argument. The same goes for 'Closure is always the preferred option'.
- Stop misusing collective risk as a basis for closing footpaths.
- Stop misusing rankings as evidence of risk - they only describe the distribution of risk, however low.
- Be Open: publish your estimated individual risk levels and usage levels for every foothpath crossing. You have the numbers.
- Be Honest: in some cases Network Rail staff have misused every possible argument and number to achieve closures. Tell them to be honest and fair-minded in their approach to closures.
- Ban bonuses: do not pay bonuses to Network Rail managers to achieve closures. It gives them an incentive to abuse the rights and interests of the people who subsidise your business.