We have been working to reduce the risk that level crossings pose and have developed proposals to manage the possible closure or change of use of 105 level crossings in Anglia across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex, Havering, Hertfordshire, Southend and Thurrock.
A first round of public consultation events took place in June 2016. A second round of consultation events took place in September/October and December 2016. Following analysis of all the responses and listening to public and stakeholder concerns and ideas, we have put forward our final proposals to the Secretary of State for Transport to consider. Details can be found via the links below.
We believe it's possible to close level crossings:
- with private rights only
- by diverting people to where a nearby alternative exists
- by providing a new public route to a nearby alternative
We will also look to downgrade level crossings to non-motorised users. None of the crossings in this proposal involve closing public A or B roads.
We recognise the importance of public rights of way and where possible we will maintain easy access to the countryside.
Closing or modifying level crossings provide the following benefits:
- improve the safety of level crossing users
- deliver a more efficient and reliable railway, which is vital in supporting the regional and UK economy
- reduce the ongoing operating and maintenance cost of the railway
- reduce delays to trains, pedestrians and other highway users
- improve journey time reliability for all railway, highway and other rights of way users
How this scheme may affect you
Closing a level crossing may mean that we need to divert you to where a nearby alternative exists or along a new public route to a nearby alternative.
Consent for the work and next steps
In order to secure the powers necessary to implement the proposals, such as the dedication of public rights of way across private land, extinguishments of existing rights and alteration of rights including downgrading of roads, we have submitted in March 2017 three Transport and Works Act Orders (TWAOs) to the Secretary of State for Transport. The TWAO applications are grouped by county as below.
- The county of Suffolk (The Suffolk Level Crossing Reduction Order);
- The county of Cambridgeshire (The Cambridgeshire Level Crossing Reduction Order);
- The county of Essex, the county of Hertfordshire, the unitary authorities of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea and the London Borough of Havering (The Essex and Others Level Crossing Reduction Order).
To inform the application, we consulted with the public and relevant statutory bodies. The feedback submitted to us and how Network Rail has taken account of it forms part of a consultation report which supports the, Transport and Works Act Order application.
Copies of the applications and supporting documents are available to view and download by following the links below.
Using the following links you can review the Transport and Works Act Orders for each of the three regions. We have also published a table showcasing which crossings have been included in the Order, and those that have been removed following consultation, and why these cannot be taken forward at this stage. The original consultation documents are also available to view.
Level crossings included in the proposals
|Nairns No. 117||CB6 3LG|
|No 20||SG8 6JR|
|No 37||CB2 5NQ|
|Coffue Drove||CB6 1RX|
|Furlong Drove||CB6 2ER|
|Silt Drove||PE15 0DB|
|Brickyard Drove||PE7 2AZ|
|Eastrea Cross Drove||PE7 2HG|
|Prickwillow 1||CB7 4UP|
|Prickwillow 2||CB7 4UP|
|Newmarket Bridge||CB7 4EX|
|Wells Engine||CB7 4EX|
|Cross Keys||CB7 4UE|
|Poplar Drove||CB6 1FB|
|Willow Row / Willow Road||CB6 1EE|
|Black Horse Drove||CB6 1EH|
|Westley Road||CB8 0UB|
|Littleport Station||CB6 1JL|
|Jack O'Tell (Adam's Crossing)||CB25 9PW|
|Ballast Pit||CB25 9QQ|
|Sea Wall||CO11 1NL|
|Brantham High Bridge||CO11 1PL|
|Buxton Wood||IP9 2DB|
|Fords Green||IP14 4HN|
|Cow Pasture Lane||IP23 8EF|
|Higham Ground Frame||IP28 6NS|
|Grove Farm||IP31 3SF|
|Hawk End Lane||IP30 9ED|
|Lords No.29||IP30 9UD|
|Mutton Hall||IP14 3LS|
|Old Lane||CM19 5DS|
|Parndon Mill||CM20 2HR|
|Fullers End||CM22 6EB|
|Elsenham Emergency Hut||CM22 6JL|
|Ugley Lane||CM22 6JD|
|Littlebury Gate House||CB11 4TG|
|Parsonage Lane/Margaretting||CM4 9JJ|
|Maldon Road||CM4 9JS|
|Hill House 1||CO5 9EN|
|Great Domsey||CO5 9EP|
|Long Green||CO6 1XP|
|Church 2||CO3 8NE|
|Barbara Close||SS4 1NQ|
|Brown & Tawse||CM13 3HG|
|Brickyard Farm||SS8 0QT|
|Woodgrange Close||SS1 3EA|
|Cranes No. 1||CM77 8NU|
|Cranes No.2||CM77 8NU|
|Essex Way||CM77 8PD|
|High Elm||CO7 8AD|
|Great Bentley Station||CO13 0EP|
|Lords No. 1||CO7 8NX|
|Thornfield Wood||CO6 2AU|
|Golden Square||CO6 2AR|
|Trinity Lane||EN8 7EP|
|Cadmore Lane||EN8 9SA|
|Butts Lane||RM11 3NA|
|Woodhall Crescent||RM11 3ST|
|Manor Farm||RM14 2TZ|
|No 131||RM19 1SX|
|Howells Farm||SS17 9EY|
Further information and contact
The formal consultation period has now ended. However, if you wish to leave feedback or have any queries on this project, please visit our contact us page or call our national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.
Details of how to make a representation to the Secretary of State about these Orders are in the next steps section.
If a level crossing or any part of the railway is causing a problem or you want more information, please visit our contact us page or call our national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.
If you see anyone deliberately misusing a crossing, please call the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or the Police on 999.