Thursday 2 Mar 2017
Level crossing in Cornwall to temporarily close as upgrade to improve safety continues this week
Residents and passengers in Cornwall are reminded that a level crossing in Lostwithiel will temporarily close from Friday as Network Rail continues to deliver its Railway Upgrade Plan.
Network Rail’s orange army will be upgrading Lostwithiel level crossing, near Bodmin, to improve safety as they renew the barrier, the machine that operates the barrier and the LED and road traffic lights, also known as wig wags. In addition, Network Rail will also be upgrading the audible warning devices, creating suitable housing for the machine that operates the barrier and installing signage and road markings.
The level crossing will be closed from Friday, 3 March at 10pm to Monday, 13 March at 5am as Network Rail work around-the-clock to deliver the upgrade. A sign-posted diversionary route will be in operation at all times during the closure for vehicles and pedestrian attendants will help people cross.
Already in 2017 Network Rail have undergone enabling works to prepare for the temporary closure of the level crossing.
Ife Adekoya, scheme project manager at Network Rail, said: “The modernisation of the level crossing forms part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and will help keep the community and passengers even more safe. We recognise that any road closure will inevitably cause a level of inconvenience to the local community and we have worked closely with Cornwall County Council to ensure there is a suitable diversionary route.”
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.