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A Bridge Too Far actor Edward Fox criticises rail crossing

The famed Day of Jackal star , 80, used his theatrical skills to captivate an audience of 250 people at a public meeting

The famed Day of Jackal star , 80, used his theatrical skills to captivate an audience of 250 people at a public meeting

Actor Edward Fox OBE has branded an 'unsightly' rail crossing planned for his home town as a bridge too far.

Mr Fox, 80, used his theatrical skills to captivate an audience of 250 people at a public meeting and objected to the new ramped bridge for Wareham train station, in Dorset.

The star of the classic World War Two film A Bridge Too Far (1977) believes the 19ft bridge would be a blot on the landscape of the smart market town.

He said: 'There are very real concerns that this proposal will split the town in half, some people will simply be unable to get across the railway and that it would be an eyesore.'

The Grade II listed railway station is currently served by a level crossing which is controlled by locked gates and a security guard.

But Network Rail claims the existing crossing is a health and safety risk to the public and the cost of manning it is about £120,000 a year.

More than 2,200 people have signed a petition calling for the current crossing to be retained.

The Grade II listed railway station is currently served by a level crossing which is controlled by locked gates and a security guard

The Grade II listed railway station is currently served by a level crossing which is controlled by locked gates and a security guard

Campaigners have pointed out no one has ever been seriously injured there in 40 years and they want an automated gate linked to the signal system at the level crossing

Campaigners have pointed out no one has ever been seriously injured there in 40 years and they want an automated gate linked to the signal system at the level crossing

Mr Fox said: 'This is a vital issue which will affect the day-to-day lives of local residents and have an irreversible impact on the town's future'

Mr Fox said: 'This is a vital issue which will affect the day-to-day lives of local residents and have an irreversible impact on the town's future'

Campaigners have pointed out no one has ever been seriously injured there in 40 years and they want an automated gate linked to the

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