Friday 31 Mar 2017
Network Rail submits final proposals to close or modify level crossings across Essex, Hertfordshire, Havering, Southend and Thurrock
Network Rail has applied to the Secretary of State for Transport for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) to close or modify 61 level crossings across Essex, Hertfordshire, Havering, Southend and Thurrock.
The company has been working to reduce the risk that level crossings pose and has developed proposals to manage the possible closure or change of use of around 130 level crossings in Anglia across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex, Havering, Hertfordshire, Southend and Thurrock.
Public consultation events took place across the county in June, September and December 2016. Following analysis of all the responses from the public and other stakeholders, many plans have been adapted. Eight level crossings have been removed from the project;
- Church 1 near Marks Tey
- Frating Abbey in Great Bentley
- Josselyns and Lamarsh Kings Farm in the north west of Colchester
- Puddle Dock in Upminster
- Sadlers in Harlow
- Twyford Road in Bishops Stortford
- Creaksea Place 1 in Burnham on Crouch
Closing level crossings and diverting to alternatives will make the railway safer by removing the point where people can come into contact with trains. The closures will also help improve efficiency and reliability. The closures will facilitate potential future developments for faster and more frequent services.
The crossings identified for potential closure include those where:
- there are private rights only
- people can easily be diverted to where a nearby alternative exists
- a new public route to a nearby alternative can be provided
The proposal also looks to downgrade level crossings to non-motorised users. None of the crossings in this proposal involve closing public A or B roads.
Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “We have carried out a comprehensive programme of consultation to fully understand the impact of our proposals and I’d like to thank everyone who contributed. As intended, the feedback we received has informed our final proposals, and we await the decision of the Secretary of State. We understand that public rights of way are an important part of life in this region, and have maintained connectivity where possible in our plans. We are committed to improving safety and efficiency at level crossings as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”
Closures, if agreed, will take place from late 2018. Network Rail will also continue to modify or close its highest risk crossings as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan.
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.