Plumpton, UK: Petition calls for compensation

18 Jan

The long-running saga of the Plumpton level crossing “temporarily closed” by Network Rail before the necessary consent was in place has taken an unexpected turn with the launch of a petition addressed to Network Rail calling for compensation for crossing users faced with a seven mile journey to get from one half of the village to the other. The closure has also had a significant impact on bus services, including school services.

The petition has been launched in the context of Network Rail having secured consent from Lewes District Council last week which permits the development of the level crossing in modern form, rather than with gates operated locally. This project is an element of a wider Network Rail area re-signalling scheme.

While the level crossing is to be reopened next month, there are clearly lessons for Network Rail which needs to prevent any further cases of works which close a level crossing to pedestrian and vehicular before the necessary consents are obtained. It is arrogant to proceed with a lengthy closure as at Plumpton without all necessary consents in place.

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