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
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.