Network Rail will begin work next week to improve a Nottinghamshire level crossing, which will make sure it can continue to be used reliably for years to come. 

Network Rail engineers will be replacing the old barriers with new, modern ones at Sutton Forest level crossing in Ashfield. This will create a more resilient railway, help to reduce delays to services and mean that the level crossing remains fit for purpose. 

Installing the new barriers will improve the reliability of the level crossing, helping to keep vital passenger services running for those who must travel. This also means that freight services can continue transporting food and medical supplies across the country.  

The work at Sutton Forest level crossing will take place between Monday, 11 May and Monday, 18 May. During this time, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will not be able to use the crossing, and there will be a temporary road closure in place. There will be a fully sign posted diversionary route for motorists. The work to replace the level crossing barriers will not impact on train services.  

Network Rail is urging passengers to continue following Government guidelines and only travel if they have to. People are asked to stay at home where possible to help protect the NHS and save lives. 

Vinny Briggs, Route Level Crossing Manager for Network Rail, said: “This work to improve Sutton Forest level crossing is essential so that it can continue operating safely and reliably in the future. 

“Installing the new, modern barriers will help to reduce delays on the railway, meaning vital services can continue running reliably. 

“We are working hard to minimise any disruption whilst this important work is carried out and would like to thank all those impacted for their patience.”