Eaglescliffe, United Kingdom: Crossing closure plan under attack

31 Jul

Network Rail’s consideration of it applying for an order to permanently close the Urlay Nook Road level crossing, Eaglesciffe, Cleveland, has been communicated to potentially affected parties. Several of those approached by Network Rail have been reported in local media as against the idea because of the length of the diversion that they would face (a maximum of 2.42 miles towards the A66 to Darlington and 1.88 miles to Eaglescliffe).

The Police has raised a concern that the response time of firearms trained officers originating at their Tactical Training Facility located near the level crossing could be increased. What happens now if the level crossing has just closed for the passage of a train or two? Wait and see their response time increased by several minutes or travel via the unimpeded route?

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