Lynn Road Ely and Ely Road Littleport is closed following a crash at Chettisham rail crossing

Chettisham crossing

Chettisham crossing - Credit: Archant

A man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving following a crash at the rail crossing in Chettisham late last night which has forced the road to be closed for much of today.

Police say a Fiat Almeria hit the barriers at around 11.36pm resulting in the road being closed with officers initially predicting the closure would last around 12 hours while repairs are carried out to the crossing.

An update this morning states the road is likely to remain closed for the rest of the day with diversions in place.

However, local businessman Melvyn Stewart of Mercedes specialist garage Stewart and Wisby, said road signs in place have led to confusion for drivers.

He said: “The signs just say the road is closed, there is no explanation and it doesn’t say it is closed at the crossing, so people are not sure how far they can proceed down the road,

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“Even the school buses were confused this morning and got to the crossing before having to turn round. There is an alternative route along the A10 but the problem is drivers are committed before realising just where the closure is.

“As far as I know there are no diversions signs in place for those who don’t know the alternative route.”

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A police spokesman said no other vehicle was involved in the incident which resulted in a 31-year-old man being arrested and bailed on suspicion of driving over the prescribed limit. He was taken to hospital for treatment but it is unclear what injuries he suffered.

He is due to attend Parkside Police Station in Cambridge in six weeks’ time.

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