Thursday 2 Feb 2017
Network Rail to begin improvement work at Surrey level crossing
Network Rail will begin improvement work to replace equipment at Woodfield Lane level crossing in Ashtead, Surrey this month as part of plans to make the level crossing more reliable.
The renewal of the equipment, which will primarily be carried out by engineers overnight and at some weekends, will see much of the level crossing equipment replaced, including the barriers and pedestals, the equipment which controls the movement of the barriers. The brick building to the north east of the crossing will also be dismantled and replaced with a new equipment building.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “Ensuring the safety of everyone who uses the railway and our level crossings is of the utmost importance, which is why level crossing barriers come down as a failsafe if there is a fault.
“However, given that Ashtead level crossing is so heavily relied upon, I understand how frustrating it must be when the barriers fail, so I’m pleased to say that we’ll be renewing the level crossing equipment this year as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, to make it more reliable.“
The renewal will lead to some temporary changes for vehicles and pedestrians at the level crossing while work is carried out. Temporary traffic lights will be in place on occasion, and for some short overnight periods the level crossing will close entirely.
During the full closures there will be no vehicular access across the level crossing with the exception of the emergency services. Alternative parking will be available at Ashtead station and pedestrian access will be available across the footbridge in the station, or step-free via the underpass to St. Stevens Avenue. The new level crossing equipment will be fully commissioned in the summer.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Dates for multi-way traffic lights and full road closures are listed below. Further dates for May onwards will be issued nearer the time.
Multi-way traffic lights
- 12th February from 00:01 to 16:00
- 18th February 00:01 to 07:30
- 2nd April from 01:00 to 06:30
- 13th May from 23:00 to 13:00 on 14th May
Full road closure
- 18th March from 23:00 to 07:00 on 19th March
- 20th May from 23:00 to 04:00 on 22nd May
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.