In the 15 August issue of RAIL (859) a letter on p37 seems to suggest that EBIGate was "switched off" by NR following a Rail Accident Investigation Branch report into malfunction in the trial installation in Norfolk.- The inference from the letter is that EBIGate is no longer safe and is not in use anywhere.
The letter refers to an article by Ian Prosser (HM Chief Inspector at ORR, who spoke to our Annual Conference in Tain in 2016) in RAIL 855 where Ian says " ... NR had installed some of the [EBIGate] equipment at a number of crossings but then decided to switch it off because of [safety] concerns ... "
This worried me, and I decided to check the correct position with Simon Constable at NR in Glasgow. He assured me that the EBIGate kit did indeed have problems, necessitating the installed equipment to be shrouded in black bin bags for a while. But the bin bags are off, and all is now well. Why this wasn't made clear in an Editor's helpful note after the original letter remains a mystery.
(Helpful note to readers. EBIGate is the new kit recently installed at Chapelton crossing north of Muir of Ord, making life easier - and safer - for the landowner, thus allowing trains to wheech by at a sensible speed.)
Mike has written a series of articles over several years about level crossings:
Locally monitored means there is a signal for train drivers to confirm the crossing is set and they have to confirm visually that it's safe.