24 level crossings in Suffolk to be closed - and here’s a list of every one
PUBLISHED: 12:23 25 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:48 25 March 2017
More than 20 level crossings across Suffolk could be closed or modified to improve safety, efficiency and reliability on the county’s train lines.
That is if an application by Network Rail to the Secretary of State for Transport is successful.
It is part of a wider initiative to reduce the risks posed by level crossings.
If granted, the transport and works order could see the closure or change of use of around 130 level crossings in the region including 24 in Suffolk and a number in Essex.
Those on the list include Higham and Cattishall in the Bury St Edmunds area, Broomfield and Brantham High Bridge near Ipswich and Bacton and Gislinghmam in mid Suffolk.
According to Network Rail, closing crossings and diverting to alternatives will make the railway safer by removing the point where people could come into contact with trains. The company also claims the closures will also help improve efficiency and reliability, and increase potential for faster and more frequent services in the future.
Crossings that could close include those where there are private rights only, or where people can easily be diverted to an existing nearby alternative or a new public route to one can be provided. The proposal also looks to downgrade level crossings to non-motorised users.
None of the crossings in this proposal involve closing public A or B roads.
Responses from a number of public consultation events in Suffolk last year have been taken into account and seven level crossings – Great Barton, Steggalls, Finningham, Rectory Road, Beecroft, Haughley Green and Westerfield footpath level crossing – have now been removed from the project as a result.
Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for the area said: “As intended, the feedback we received has informed our final proposals, and we await the decision of the Secretary of State.
“We understand that public rights of way are an important part of life in this region, and have maintained connectivity where possible in our plans.
“We are committed to improving safety and efficiency at level crossings as part of our railway upgrade plan.”
Closures, if agreed, are set to take place from the end of next year.
The 24 crossings earmarked for closure are as follows:
• Weatherby CB8 8BT S22)
• Higham IP28 6NJ S23
• Higham Ground Frame IP28 6NS
• Cattishall IP31 2QU S25
• Barrels IP31 3RJ S27
• Grove Farm IP31 3SF
• Sea Wall CO11 1NL
• Brantham High Bridge CO11 1PL S02
• Buxton Wood IP9 2DB S03
• Island IP9 2LP S04
• Pannington Hall (Broomhaughton) IP9 2AR S05
• Broomfield IP6 0NJ S07
• Stacpool IP6 8LJ
• Leggetts IP14 4EY S11
• Gooderhams IP14 4HH S12
• Fords Green IP14 4HN S13
• Gislingham IP14 4HX S16
• Paynes IP23 8JE S17
• Cow Pasture Lane IP23 8EF S18
• Abbotts IP23 8DN S21
• Hawk End Lane IP30 9ED
• Lords No.29 IP30 9UD
• Mutton Hall IP14 3LS S31
• Bacton IP14 4NS