Rossington, UK: Community concerns over Network Rail’s intent

27 May

Rossington Parish Council is expressing concerns that Network Rail has plans to close the busy level crossing of the East Coast Main Line (ECML) located to the South of Doncaster. In many ways this intervention is very simplistic as it postulates the idea that no alternative route across the railway will be provided.

At present Network Rail has a feasibility study underway to explore the possibility of eliminating level crossings from the southern part of the increasingly busy ECML and has written to local authorities advising them of this and the intent of the company to consult widely on plans that might emerge for closure.

Rather than seeing the elimination of the Rossington level crossing as a problem, why is the Parish Council looking at a hypothetical negative and not the upsides of replacing the crossing with a safer grade-separated route across the railway which would allow average road journey times to be improved?

5 Responses to “Rossington, UK: Community concerns over Network Rail’s intent”

  1. Dave H (@BCCletts) May 28, 2014 at 05:01 #

    The road rises from both sides to cross the railway at this point, and there is a generous width of wayleave on the East side to retain road connections to the housing right up to the crossing. On the West side the only property which creates a problem is the old station building, as other property is serviced from roads connecting some distance away from the crossing. I’ll bet NR regret selling off that Station Building, although the generous extent of the old station land still by the look of things in NR ownership could mean that some connecting roads and access for railway work might be possible, especially if a wider 4-track bridge is built with an eye to future quadrupling of the line. This also looks like a place where some accurate surveying of boundaries might well reveal some useful detail.

    With an alternative overbridge not too far away, there is the option to have a limited height for this bridge, with robust advance portals to ‘knock-down’ any approach by overheight vehicles before they get close enough to hit the rail bridge.

  2. Richard Cooper-Holmes June 5, 2014 at 19:41 #

    As chair of the Parish Council, mentioned in your article, I would like to point out that I actually live here and know that the bungalows on the east of the crossing are very close to the road, not with a generous width of wayleave and as mentioned in the comments above, the old station building is in the way as are 50 or so brand new houses adjacent to the road within a stone’s throw. The bungalows to the south and east are effectively butted up to the road with just room to park a car. The bungalows to the north and east do have some 15 metres, but little else. So I did not reflect a simplistic view, but a well considered view that has troubled us in Rossington for years.

  3. Jue June 19, 2014 at 22:04 #

    What about the houses on gattison lane that are also affected have u forgot these !! The school bungalow to be demolished and several properties with access to apparently dicerted oh yes and a massive bridge outside ur front window !!!

  4. Andy September 4, 2014 at 16:20 #

    I live on the potteries, the first house on the right hand side and I’m just wondering what is the plans for my house as this is gonna depreciate my house significantly as know one will wanna live in a house with a great stupid fly over in front of it and it’s gonna be a nightmare while the building work is going ahead, who do I need to speak to about this matter

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