Sleaford, UK: Continuing opposition to level crossing closure

10 Dec

Sleaford Town Council has lodged objections to the compulsory purchase order of land on the Boston Road Recreation Ground and the proposed closure of Southgate level crossing. The Town Council has objected because it considers that the new road and closure of the level crossing will cause traffic congestion and have a negative impact on the local environment. In essence, the Town Council argues that the Southgate level crossing is safe and that closure to vehicular traffic is only enabled by construction of a link road to a proposed superstore development. The Town Council remains firmly against the construction of a footbridge at the site of the Southgate level crossing as proposed by Network Rail.

The saga of the superstore development, the new link road and the level crossing has been running for ten years or more. Indeed as TESCO is stated to be the occupant of the proposed superstore, it is important to note that the current financial performance of TESCO’s UK supermarkets means that it is cutting back on developing superstores and like other supermarkets in the UK is pursuing growth of smaller TESCO Local stores.

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