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 around 130 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. A small number of crossings originally identified for closure or change have been removed from the project. Details on these and those included can be found in the documents 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 are submitting 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. Objections, representations and letters of support can be made by anyone by the following dates:
For Cambridgeshire: 25 April 2017
For Suffolk: 5 May 2017
For Essex, Havering, Hertfordshire, Southend and Thurrock: 12 May 2017
These should be sent to:
Secretary of State for Transport c/o Transport and Works Act Orders Unit,
General Counsel's Office, Department for Transport, Zone 1/18, Great Minster House,
33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR.
You can also contact them by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An objection or representation must:
- Be received by the Secretary of State on or before the dates above.
- Be made in writing (whether sent by post or email)
- State the grounds of the objection or other representation
- Indicate who is making the objection or representation
- Give a postal address to which correspondence relating to the objection or representation may be sent
If you are sending your objection or other representation by post or e-mail, please provide a postal address and state “Network Rail Anglia Level Crossing Reductions TWA Order” in the subject of the letter or email.
Below you can review the Transport and Works Act Orders (Essex to be published on 31 March respectively) 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.
You can review the current proposals which were consulted on in the folders below.
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, you can email email@example.com
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.