Plumpton, UK: Closed crossing reopens

10 Feb

Network Rail reopened the level crossing on February 8th, 2016 which had divided Plumpton, Sussex, with a seven-mile detour as the only alternative. Network Rail closed the manually operated level crossing in September 2015 as a component of a wider reksignalling project. However, this was before planning consent was obtained.

The extended closure was as a result of the time it took Network Rail to secure the necessary consent from Lewes District Council. Both the council and residents were opposed to the planned replacement of gates by barriers and elimination of the signal box. The updating with a modern alternative was clearly justified from the Network Rail perspective. However, jumping the gun with the closure of the crossing coming when the district council’s planning committee rejected Network Rail’s initial proposals for a modernised crossing has unnecessarily  antagonised the community and harmed the company’s standing in Plimpton.

 

 

One Response to “Plumpton, UK: Closed crossing reopens”

  1. Stuart Johnson February 10, 2016 at 15:04 #

    It’s Plumpton, not Plimpton

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