Here is a story from London that caught my attention. I will summarise mostly using information from the south east London website, The Charlton Champion.
A freight line used by trains maybe once a day and not far from where we stayed in North Greenwich in 2019 has an unsignalled and non auto gated pedestrian crossing. In spite of not seeing much freight traffic, the signalling was upgraded and Network Rail wanted to close the pedestrian crossing, used by nearly 700 people a day. It was built in 1850 for farm workers to cross the track.
Network Rail is a government organisation and claimed the crossing was the most dangerous in the London area. The aforesaid Charlton Champion challenged NR to produce evidence. NR then said the crossing was the most dangerous in that area. CC challenged this too and NR then fessed up that it the 34th most dangerous crossing in the area. Still odd when there aren't any other official pedestrian crossings
Thieves, crooks, liars and charlatans, and you ought not expect that from a government organisation.
People power saw Network Rail cancel the closure, a good result in my opinion. It's not like it is a line that sees a train every few minutes and being freight, the diesel powered trains would not be travelling very fast on the single track. Can't people look after themselves just a little bit?
Photo of the crossing from change.org