Sunday 9 Jul 2017
Shropshire road users benefit as Onibury level crossing upgrade is completed earlier than planned
Network Rail has thanked residents and commuters for their patience after successful improvement work was carried out to Onibury level crossing between Leominster and Shrewsbury.
The crossing reopened to vehicles earlier than planned at 21.30 on Sunday, July 9.
Jeff Davies, director of route safety and asset management for Network Rail Wales, said: “The successful improvements to Onibury level crossing as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan will mean less disruption for commuters and passengers in the future.
“The renewed crossing and upgraded track will help to prevent repeated closures in the future and allow us to continue operating a safe and reliable railway so that we see everyone home safe every day.
“We would like to thank the local community for their patience while this essential transformation was carried out.”
Councillor Tony Mantle, chairman of Onibury Parish Council, said: “We are pleased Network Rail have completed their work on time and reopened the road. We have received regular updates from them during the work and have been happy with how they have dealt with any issues that have arisen throughout the project.”
The crossing is located on the busy A49, where thousands of vehicles put pressure on the surface every day causing pot-holes to form.
The upgrade was carried out following the deterioration of the road surface on the crossing, which has caused several short notice emergency road closures for safety reasons, resulting in disruption for road and rail users.
The new level crossing panels are made of black rubber instead of concrete, which makes the surface more durable and smoother for road users.
Work began on Saturday 1 July and was completed as quickly and safely as possible.
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.