RAIL bosses have praised people who avoided a crossing after it broke down.
The gates on Lord Byron’s Walk in Seaham lifted, but the lights continued to flash during the system failure on Wednesday afternoon.
Network Rail has sent its apologies to any drivers and pedestrians who were delayed because of the problem on the route, which links the B1287 Seaham to Ryhope coast road, with Seaton.
A spokeswoman said: “They did absolutely the right thing in not crossing while the lights were showing.
“The only time anyone should go against the warning systems at a level crossing is when directed by a police officer, as they will be in touch with our teams and know when it is safe. This fault was fixed as quickly as possible.”