Thursday 29 Sep 2016
Community to benefit from safer level crossing as Railway Upgrade Plan continues
A level crossing in Camborne, Cornwall, will be closed for 10 days as Network Rail makes it safer as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better railway for passengers and those living near the railway.
The work on Trevu Road will involve renewing the barrier, the machine that operates the barrier and the LED and road traffic lights, more commonly known as “wig wags”. In addition, Network Rail will renew the audible warning devices, create suitable housing for the machine that operates the barrier, and install new cabling, appropriate signage and road markings.
The upgrade work means Camborne level crossing will be closed from 10.30pm on Friday, 21 October to 5am on Monday, 31 October, and Network Rail’s orange army will be working round-the-clock during this time.
In preparation for the work, three overnight road closures are also necessary – two of those have already taken place on 17 and 24 September with another planned for 1 October. The overnight closures run from 10pm to 10am and a sign-posted diversionary route will be in operation at all times during the closure.
During the closure southbound motorists will be diverted along Trevenson Street, Stray Park Road and Redbrooke Road. Those travelling northbound will take the same diversion route in the opposite direction. HGV vehicles will also be diverted with signage directing them around the closure.
Richard Turner, Network Rail’s community relations manager, said: “The renewal is part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and will provide a safer level crossing for the community. We recognise that any road closure will inevitably cause a level of inconvenience and we will do our utmost to minimise disruption.”
While the level crossing will be closed to road traffic, there will be attendants stationed either side of the closure to ensure pedestrians who need assistance can cross safely. All other pedestrians can make use of Camborne footbridge for access.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.