Gipsy Lane level crossing closure feasibility study

We are currently exploring potential options for the closure of the Public Footpath level crossing at Gipsy Lane, Needham Market.

This forms part of our ongoing commitment to deliver a safer, more efficient and reliable railway.

The Gipsy Lane Level crossing is on the Liverpool Street to Norwich line.  This section of the line is heavily trafficked by services to Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and Norwich, together with freight services to Felixstowe.  The line is extremely busy with approximately 8 trains per hour.  The crossing provides access to public footpaths and recreational walking routes adjacent to the River Gipping leading to Creeting St Mary.

Gipsy Lane level crossing is a passive Stop, Look & Listen level crossing with kissing gates. There have been a number of incidents in the past, including a fatal incident in August 2011 and several near misses.

Network Rail has classified Gipsy Lane level crossing as a higher risk crossing and is therefore seeking to replace it.