Suffolk, UK: Opposition to proposed level crossing closures

6 Jan

Network Rail’s project to reduce journey times between London and Norwich and improve safety by reducing the number of level crossings on the route is at present subject to consultation. However, while there is broad support for reducing journey times there is significant opposition to closing “my”level crossing. The fear in rural areas is that replacement routes across the railway will be significantly inferior to the routes via the level crossings as well as creating artificial divisions of communities bisected by the railway.

With the prospect of 22 level crossing closures, activists have called a public meeting in Stowmarket on January 16th, 2015 to allow concerned residents to discuss the response to Network Rail’s ongoing consultation. An element of the debate will necessarily consider acceptable grade-separated solutions as some are known to favour underpasses as even replacement footpath bridges are seen as unacceptably visually intrusive.

One Response to “Suffolk, UK: Opposition to proposed level crossing closures”

  1. Andrew Fraser January 6, 2015 at 14:02 #

    It is to be hoped that Network Rail will learn from road constructors’ experience and provide crossings which are irresistibly attractive to pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. The provision of “inferior routes” will only lead to fatalities. NR, of course, will be able to blame the victims, but whether that will continue to be an acceptable approach to an ever-better educated public is something NR ought to bear in mind.

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