East Tilbury, United Kingdom: Council and Network Rail to explore options

28 Nov

Network Rail and Thurrock Council have agreed that they will jointly explore the options available in respect of the CCTV equipped manually controlled full barrier level crossing adjacent to East Tilbury railway station. Concerns are that this level crossing is the only means of access to a sizeable community and that the increasing levels of rail traffic will only exacerbate concerns at the road traffic delays at the crossing and potential delays to the response of emergency services.

This accord is seen a breakthrough as hitherto Network Rail has maintained a position that, on safety grounds, this level crossing was not a priority of the company.

The only way in which grade-separation can be justified is if Network Rail and Thurrock Council approach this in a way that recognises that both must contribute, in a proportionate way, to funding the project. This isn’t just a railway issue. If an equable partnership can deliver grade-separation at East Tilbury this will be a precedent that will deliver a way ahead at other apparently too difficult to resolve road-rail interactions.

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