Vital track upgrade sees temporary closure of Craven Arms level crossing in Shropshire: Craven Arms Station-2

Monday 28 Jun 2021

Vital track upgrade sees temporary closure of Craven Arms level crossing in Shropshire

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Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western

Work to upgrade the railway through Craven Arms, Shropshire will see the town’s level crossing temporarily closed for two months.

The work, which is set to begin later this summer, will see diversions put in place while the road is closed. Network Rail is giving advance notice so that businesses and residents can plan ahead to allow more time for their journeys.

The vital work, which forms part of Network Rail’s ongoing maintenance and improvements programme, will see the renewal of three miles of railway track that runs through Craven Arms station, on the Marches line between Newport and Shrewsbury. Brand-new track will significantly improve the reliability of rail services for passengers using the line.

With the work due to take place near to the level crossing on Long Lane, it will be temporarily closed to guarantee the area is safe. Pedestrians will be able to use the crossing when work isn’t taking place, but it will remain closed to vehicles for the duration. Full details will be confirmed closer to the time. This will mean that Long Lane is closed to through traffic from the junction with A49/Shrewsbury Road to junction with Stokewood Road during the following dates:

  • Monday 5 to Friday 9 July (work to install cabling ahead of track work)
  • Monday 17 September to Monday 22 November

Working with Shropshire Council, a diversion using Clun Road and Watling Street will be put in place for smaller vehicles. Larger vehicles will be diverted to use A49, A4113, B4385 and B4368. Signage will be put in place and all key information will be publicised.

Preparation for the core piece of work, which will take place during four weekends in September and October, has already begun at the site located by the tracks behind the business park, at the end of Callow Hill Road.

Network Rail Project Manager, Andrew Hayward, said: “This vital work is to replace the section of railway that guides trains from one track to another, as the current equipment is nearing the end of its life. It will also upgrade the signalling system at the level crossing to improve safety. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience we cause and will do all that we can to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said: “We appreciate that this work will cause disruption while the road is closed, and we want to minimise any inconvenience caused. We’re working closely with Network Rail to ensure that local people and businesses are aware of the work, and to ensure that appropriate diversion routes and traffic management measures are in place whilst work is being carried out.”

Notes to Editors

Preparation work

(overnight from 11pm to 9.40am, unless stated)

Track renewal

 (52 hours of continuous working from midnight to 5am)

Follow-up work

(overnight from 11pm to 10am, unless stated)

Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 June

Saturday 18 to Monday 20 September

Saturday 16 to Monday 18 October (midnight to 5am)

Monday 5 to Friday 9 July (7am to 6pm)

Saturday 25 to Monday 27 September

Saturday 23 to Monday 25 October (midnight to 5am)

Saturday 31 July to Sunday 01 August

Saturday 02 to Monday 04 October

Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 November

Saturday 07 to Sunday 08 August

Saturday 09 to Monday 11 October

Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 November

Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 August

This work requires some tamping activities (specialist equipment used to pack and level the new supporting stones) which will be noisy

Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 November

Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 August


Saturday 04 – Sunday 05 December

Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 August


This work will also involve tamping activities

Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 September


Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 September


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