Wednesday 19 Jul 2017
Network Rail to hold public consultation over future of Kings Mill No 1 level crossing
Network Rail is inviting residents to attend a public consultation event to find out more about its plans for Kings Mill No 1 level crossing.
Network Rail plans to divert the existing bridleway over the railway to a new, ramped bridge which would be situated adjacent to the existing level crossing.
Once that bridge is in place, the present public right of way would be stopped and the level crossing would be closed. Not only would this be safer for residents, it would also remove the need to wait to cross the railway, as residents can use the bridge provided.
To allow this project to take place, Network Rail plans to submit an application under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for planning permission to construct the bridge.
Network Rail will also require powers under either the Highways Act 1980 or the Transport and Works Act 1992 to divert the bridleway and close the level crossing. An order under the Transport and Works Act would also enable Network Rail to secure land and rights for the purposes of constructing the new bridge.
Stuart Humphreys, senior communications manager at Network Rail, said: “We are committed to improving level crossing safety and we are investing more than £100million across Britain to do this.
“We understand that being able to cross the railway is extremely important to residents. This is why our plans propose to divert the right of way to ensure that people are still able to cross the railway but can do so in a safer way.”
Network Rail is inviting residents to take part in a public consultation event and to find out more about the proposed scheme on Monday, 24 July from 14:00 to 19:00 at Mansfield Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road, Mansfield, NG19 7BH.
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.