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CALLS have been made to consider upgrading a level crossing after a young man was injured by a train.

The 23-year-old, from Petworth, West Sussex, was injured at the Salthill Road crossing, in Fishbourne, at 7.25pm on Sunday.

He was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, where he underwent an operation for serious leg injuries last night.

Police are trying to piece together how the accident happened.

There is just one gate either side which Julie Edwards, landlady of the Bulls Head pub in the village, said she thinks should be improved.

She said: ‘I wish the young man well. Personally I feel it’s a busy road and I would have thought full gates would have been more appropriate to put there.’

Network Rail said all the level crossings are assessed for risk and the type of gates depends on the frequency of trains and traffic. No complaints have been made.

The company said: ‘We will work with British Transport Police and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to determine the course of events.

‘Network Rail is committed to transparency and providing information to the public on level crossings and as a result we have put the risk assessments for 50 crossings on our website.’