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November 7, 2013

Network Rail to replace six level crossings in Essex with safer alternatives

Network Rail, which owns and operates Britain’s railway infrastructure, will replace six level crossings in Essex by either a footbridge or underpass to allow the public to cross the railway safely.

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Network Rail, which owns and operates Britain’s railway infrastructure, will replace six level crossings in Essex by either a footbridge or underpass to allow the public to cross the railway safely.

The replacements will be carried out at Motts Lane in Witham, Long Green in Marks Tey, Shaw Avenue in Shenfield, Billericay West Park Avenue, Golf Links in Chelmsford, and Ingatestone Hall.

While work to replace Motts Lane level crossing with a ramped bridleway bridge is ongoing since September, Shaw Avenue, Billericay West Park Avenue and Golf Links level crossings will be replaced with stepped footbridges.

"Where a road, footpath or cycleway meets the railway there will always be a certain level of risk to motorists or pedestrians."

Network Rail route managing director Richard Schofield said: "Where a road, footpath or cycleway meets the railway there will always be a certain level of risk to motorists or pedestrians.

"By working closely with our local authority partners, the new, modern alternative crossings at each of these Essex level crossings will provide the public with a much safer route across the railway."

The rail infrastructure firm has also submitted plans to Lincoln City Council for a new bridge over Lincoln High Street level crossing.

Meanwhile, it has launched public consultation on plans to construct two new sections of railway track close to Grindleford and Dore & Totley stations in the north of England.

Network Rail route managing director Phil Verster said that the plans for Grindleford and Dore & Totley are an important part of a wider investment programme.

"The programme of improvements includes the northern hub and electrification, and will create space for up to 700 more trains every day and help provide over £4bn worth of wider economic benefits for the region," Verster said.


Image: Proposed bridge plan over Lincoln High Street level crossing. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.

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