Network Rail

Level crossing

Network Rail proposes to close 130 level crossings in East Anglia, 109 of which are part of Rights of Way.

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Network Rail argues that closures are needed for safety reasons, but we know that diverting pedestrians onto busy roads means they must face the dangers of fast traffic.

If you live in East Anglia and will be affected by these closures, we want to hear from you. Will closing a crossing affect your walk to work? Are there local businesses which will suffer from reduced footfall? Will it mean a long detour for children on their way to and from school?

We understand that Network Rail is planning to roll out this programme across the country. We'd also like to hear from you if you live elsewhere but have heard about planned closures of level crossings in your region.

Our aim is for Network Rail to suspend these closures of rights of way level crossings, until it has developed a policy on level crossings with closures as the last resort.

Specifically, we want Network Rail to:

  1. Develop a policy on closures as a last resort in partnership with user groups, including the Ramblers;
  2. Make crossings as safe as possible;
  3. Ensure that the alternative route is as safe as possible and close to the original route, where there is no alternative to closure

 Read more on our level crossings policy.

How we’re protecting our Rights of Way network

  1. We’re building a coalition with other path user organisations, including the British Horse Society and the Open Spaces Society.
  2. We’re speaking to local authorities.
  3. We’re seeking to meet with Network Rail and with Ministers in the Department for Transport.
  4. We’ve supported volunteers to respond to the two rounds of consultations.
  5. Volunteers have also been gathering support from their local MPs.

Next steps

We expect Network Rail to submit the Transport and Works Act Order requesting the closures in early 2017. This order will go to the Secretary of State for Transport, who will make the final decision. We will also seek legal advice on Network Rail’s intended approach to the closures.