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Rail work cuts village in two

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A Staffordshire village has been "divided" by railway maintenance which has closed the only level crossing.

The West Coast mainline runs through the middle of Barlaston where residents now face a 10-mile journey to get to shops and school.

A bus trip can take an hour-long instead of the usual 10-minute walk.

On the east side of the village there is a pub, post office, village hall and a school, while on the west there is a garage, pub, butchers shop and newsagents.

The barriers will remain in place for up to four months until work is completed reports the Daily Telegraph.

Parish councillor, Peter Proctor, said: "It's so frustrating seeing the shops just yards away and having to drive miles in order to get to them."

A spokesman for the West Coast mainline said: "We are sorry for the trouble that's being caused but this work is the most significant we are doing on the line."

Story filed: 09:00 Thursday 22nd May 2003

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What's the problem ? They divided the pubs equally . mellow.gif

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laugh.gif Always looking on the bright side! laugh.gif

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