Network Rail invites people to have their say on plans to close Copmanthorpe level crossing: Copmanthorpe level crossing

Wednesday 15 Sep 2021

Network Rail invites people to have their say on plans to close Copmanthorpe level crossing

Region & Route:
| Eastern: North & East

Network Rail is asking people in Copmanthorpe to give their feedback on plans to fully close a footpath level crossing and provide an alternative safe access over the railway.

Major improvement work is taking place between York and Church Fenton which will allow trains to reach speeds of 125mph on all four lines, bringing faster, more reliable journeys for passengers.

The work is in preparation for the Transpennine Route Upgrade - which will provide capacity for more trains and faster journeys between York, Leeds and Manchester Victoria.

As part of this project, Network Rail is looking at options to fully close Copmanthorpe level crossing - which would improve safety in the area.

People who use the crossing and residents who live nearby are being encouraged to share their views on two proposed options for an alternative safe access over the railway.

  • Divert people to the existing Temple Lane bridge, with plans to install an additional footpath over the bridge
  • Install a new stepped footbridge at York Field Lane

The consultation is now underway, and the virtual event will run until Friday 1 October. People can view the proposals, ask questions and share their feedback by visiting:

Network Rail is also holding two live chat sessions within the virtual event where people can chat to our project team and ask any questions they have about the proposals:

  • Tuesday 28 September, 12:00 – 13:00
  • Wednesday 29 September, 18:00 – 19:00

Stephen Wright, Senior Sponsor for Network Rail’s Transpennine Route Upgrade, said: “We really want people in Copmanthorpe to share their views on the planned closure of the level crossing and let us know what they think of our two proposed options. This will allow us to find the best option to maintain safe access over the railway and meet the needs of the community.

“As we continue to upgrade the railway to bring faster, more reliable journeys, the safety of passengers, members of the public and our workers remains our priority. Both options would improve safety by separating pedestrians and the operating railway, and we look forward to providing this improvement.”


Notes to Editors

  • Trains already travel on two of the four lines next to Copmanthorpe village at speeds of up to 125mph (East Coast Main Line)
  • Services on the other two lines currently run between York and Leeds at 100mph, but major improvements will allow trains to reach speeds of 125mph.

Contact information

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Kathryn Muffett
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