Friday 27 Jul 2007


Region & Route:
Eastern: Anglia
| Eastern
The road level crossing at Elsenham station will be closed at night this weekend to allow work to continue on the building of a pedestrian footbridge. The closures are all being taken at night to minimise disruption. Further minor works will continue during the week without disruption to passenger services or road users and Network Rail hopes to have the footbridge available for public use by the weekend of 4/5 August. With rail traffic due to increase in future years the construction of a footbridge along with a pedestrain gate locking system will help make the crossing even safer. Work to fit a pedestrian gate locking system is ongoing and Network Rail will advise passengers ahead of when this is in use. It is expected to be in place by autumn 2007. Teenagers Charlotte Thompson and Olivia Bazlinton tragically died at Elsenham station on 3 December 2005.

Notes to editors

The area around the level crossing will be closed to all traffic on the following dates and times: - 27th July 00:01 to 06:00 28th July 00:01 to 06:00 29th July 00:01 to 06:00 31st July 00:01 to 06:00 Since December 2005, a number of other measures have already been implemented to make the crossing at Elsenham even safer: a second ticket machine has been installed; permanent CCTV cameras are in place. Network Rail has always made clear that the footbridge must be available prior to the locking of the gates so not to reduce safety at the station.

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