Helpston, UK: Mixed response to crossing closure proposals

22 Jul

Network Rail’s proposals to replace the too-often misused manually controlled level crossing of the East Coast Main Line (ECML) on Glinton Road, Helpston with a road-over-rail bridge have been welcomed by those trusted with seemingly never-ending delays to road traffic as rail traffic intensifies. However, associated plans to eliminate the level crossings on Maxey Road, Helpston, and King Street, Lolham, will bring hardship to road users.

The plans for these schemes were on show during public consultation organised by Network Rail which is working to eliminate all level crossings of the ECML between London and Doncaster.

The options on which network Rail is inviting comment are:

Glinton Road, Helpston – Replacement of the level crossing with a road-over-rail bridge for vehicles, with a footpath/cycleway, located either immediately to the south of the crossing, and access to homes or about 450m further south.

Maxey Road, Helpston – Replacement of the level crossing with a public bridleway bridge over the railway with gated access for private vehicular use located immediately west of the level crossing or by a public footpath / cycle bridge over the railway at the same location. In both cases all other traffic will be diverted via existing roads to the road-over-rail bridges proposed as replacements for the Glinton Road Helpston and Tallington level crossings.

King Street, Lolham – Replacement of the level crossing and the adjacent footpath level crossing by a footpath / cycle bridge over the railway at the site of the existing footpath crossing. All other traffic will be diverted via existing roads to the road-over-rail bridges proposed as replacements for the Glinton Road Helpston and Tallington level crossings.

Comments on Network Rail’s proposals can be made online until August 8th, 2014 at: https://networkrail.citizenspace.com/communications/east-coast-main-line-level-crossing-closure-study/consult_view

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