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Manor Way - pedestrian only MCB

Unread postby AndyB » Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:42 am

My attention was drawn yesterday to Manor Way LC near Rainham, which I believe is a pair of pedestrian-only MCBs (one for each pair of lines) called with a conventional road Pelican crossing yellow "WAIT" box plunger.

What was the history on this? It looks as though it used to be a road LC rather than just pedestrians, but was it at one stage miniature R/G lights which would be a lot more conventional for a pedestrian crossing?
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Re: Manor Way - pedestrian only MCB

Unread postby Mike Hodgson » Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:51 pm

It doesn't look pedestrian only, though I''ll grant you the concrete bollards make it difficult to cross with anything much wider than a ride-on mower. That missing bollard probably isn't an accident, though it may not be any easier on the far side. The signs don't actually say no vehicles - & there's not even a no trespassing sign. Do we really need a 16'' 6" height restriction on pedestrians? Why the white road markings if it's pedestrian only? Looks like On-call barriers, albeit probably now supposed to be closed to vehicles.
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Re: Manor Way - pedestrian only MCB

Unread postby scarpa » Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:24 pm

Until the C 2 C resignalling the level crossing was a single gated level crossing extremely busy giving access to industrial units.The gates were locked by a Blackslock operated from a ground frame .This was released by Rainham signalbox electrically. Rainham had control of protecting signals colourlight searchlight type
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Re: Manor Way - pedestrian only MCB

Unread postby John Webb » Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:33 pm

The 1:50,000 OS map still labels it as an 'LC', and shows the road crossing over - but the far end of the road is no longer connected to the dual carriageway A13. The 1:25,000 and 1:10,000 maps, more up to date, do not show this as a level crossing, and the SW-running section of road only as a track, not a highway as such. I wonder if when the A13 was rebuilt to take it out of the town centres, the highways people cut off that section as the units it ran to were more directly served by the revised road system?
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Re: Manor Way - pedestrian only MCB

Unread postby micron » Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:38 pm

After the resignalling back in circa 96, Manor Way became a normal MCB-CCTV, and remained that way until the high speed link to St Pancras came along.

As part of the HS1 works, they completely closed Dagenham Dock, Rainham became pedestrian only, but with no change to its look or operation. Purfleet Rifle Range became a UWC (staff access only), and the width of Manor Way was changed, as previously mentioned bollards were fitted, and "Gardeners Controls" were fitted to the crossing, which now meant it became a request crossing. Users now press a button the same as a pelican crossing, which alarms in UPMINSTER IECC, when possible the signaller will raise the crossing, and if it isn't lowered for a train within a reasonable time, an alarm will sound to lower the barriers.

It still has CCTV, just operates a bit different, but the same as Gardeners LC which is on the same line.
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