Protesters have gathered at Loughtvarry Railway crossing in Ballyvary outside Castlebar today to stage their opposition to Irish rail’s decision to close the crossing.
Without any local consultation the company sent a contractor yesterday to start work on blocking off the crossing,that is used extensively by walkers.
Des Gilsenan is on the protest line, he is the secretary of the Ballyvary enhancement committee and he told Midwest News that local people are angered at this attempt by Irish Rail to close off the right of way, without any discussion with users of the crossing.
Independent Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne says Irish Rail cannot close any right away without going through mandatory procedures and he is calling on the company to call off the work and talk to the people.
Spokesperson for Irish rail Jane Creedon told Midwest News today that the company has decided to stop work at the railway crossing and the access will stay open for now. She admitted that the company had not spoken to the protesters but said they will be talking to them.