Tuesday 22 Mar 2016
Norfolk level crossing is upgraded to improve safety and reliability
Work to replace a level crossing in Downham Market, Norfolk, completed this week as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
Safety at the crossing has been improved as part of the £1.1m project, which includes new equipment that activates the barriers and lights protecting crossing users if a train overshoots the station. This preventative solution provides an extra safety measure to protect pedestrians and vehicles using the crossing.
In addition to the extra safety measures, the barriers have been renewed and new markings have been painted on the road to create a yellow box to warn vehicles not to stop on the crossing. To improve access, the fence line has been pulled back to widen the walkway for wheel chair users and buggies.
Richard Schofield, route managing director for Anglia, said:
“These improvements are an essential part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a safe, reliable and efficient railway. The extra safety measures have been installed to offer additional protection for pedestrians and motorists. I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while we carried out the works to deliver a safer railway for Downham Market.”
The level crossing re-opened on Monday 21 March, following completion of work that has taken place over several weekends since the end of February.
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 36,000 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.