We have joined the campaign to save the Mexico Inn rail crossing, at Long Rock near Penzance in Cornwall, from closure. The pedestrian crossing provides an important short-cut for walkers. If it is closed the alternative route is nearly a kilometre long.
Cornwall Council and Network Rail want to close the crossing on alleged safety grounds.
The crossing is manifestly safe for walkers who take even moderate care. It is used frequently, both in and out of the holiday season, sometimes by hundreds of people a day. The people of Penwith in general, and Long Rock in particular, have a right to enjoy this public path which they have used for centuries.
It is fatuous to suggest that a suitable alternative is the vehicular crossing a few hundred yards to the west. This is used by vehicles and therefore people will be at greater danger than they are using the pedestrian crossing.