23 Mar

Network Rail has lodged a strongly worded objection to a proposed 550 unit housing development that will very significantly increase both vehicular and pedestrian traffic over the Northway automatic half-barrier level crossing in Tewksbury. In recognition of the impact of the new housing, developer Robert Hitchins Ltd has offered to provide GBP0.5m to fund an upgrade of the level crossing to a full barrier configuration. Network Rail maintains that this is insufficient as works to the value of GBP1.25 million will be required and that it should not be expected to use scarce investment funds for the benefit of the developer. Network Rail has said that the correct longer-term approach is to build a bridge over the railway and that the Borough Council should safeguard land to permit the bridging of the railway as further development occurs.

 

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