South West Trains to investigate complaints about new lights at Honiton railway station

A HONITON pensioner has described how she has been struck by blinding light – ever since new lights were erected to illuminate a replacement footbridge at Honiton railway station.

A HONITON pensioner has described how she has been struck by blinding light - ever since new lights were erected to illuminate a replacement footbridge at Honiton railway station.

Jean Turl, of Jerrard Close, said: "The lights were on day and night for the first three weeks. Now they are on only in the night - all night.

"Two of them shine in my face when I come out the door and the rest light up my garden."

Miss Turl wants whoever owns the lights to tone them down, but she is having difficulty finding out who is responsible.


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Network Rail put her on to Devon County Council. County Hall denied responsibility and redirected her to East Devon District Council. She got no joy from Knowle.

"I'd like whoever owns them to put some shades on them or do something, so they are not so bright," she told the Herald.

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The new footbridge overlooks properties in Jerrard Crescent.

A spokesman for South West Trains said: "As part of its programme of station improvements, South West Trains has recently improved the lighting at Honiton station, which is designed to ensure our passengers feel completely safe when using the station in the evening.

"This is in conjunction with the installation of a brand new footbridge at the country end of the station.

"We are sorry to hear that concerns have been raised over the brightness of the lights and we will be conducting investigations in the very near future.

"However, we can at this stage confirm that the programme of testing has now been completed, and the lighting will no longer be used during the day unless necessary.

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