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.

  1. The county of Suffolk (The Suffolk Level Crossing Reduction Order);
  2. The county of Cambridgeshire (The Cambridgeshire Level Crossing Reduction Order);
  3. 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.

Find out about the Transport and Works Act Order Process for Anglia Level Crossing Proposals. There's a brief guide on Transport and Works Act orders on .Gov.uk

Copies of the applications and supporting documents are available to view and download by following the links below.

Our proposals

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. 

Cambridgeshire consultation

Suffolk consultation

Essex & Others consultation

Level crossings included in the proposals

LocationPost code
ChitteringCB5 9LR
Nairns No. 117CB6 3LG
No 20SG8 6JR
No 37CB2 5NQ
Coffue DroveCB6 1RX
Furlong DroveCB6 2ER
Silt DrovePE15 0DB
Brickyard DrovePE7 2AZ
Eastrea Cross DrovePE7 2HG
Prickwillow 1CB7 4UP
Prickwillow 2CB7 4UP
LeonardsCB7 5HX
Newmarket BridgeCB7 4EX
Wells EngineCB7 4EX
Cross KeysCB7 4UE
ClaywayCB6 1NT
Poplar DroveCB6 1FB
Willow Row / Willow RoadCB6 1EE
Black Horse DroveCB6 1EH
Cassells CB8 0UN
Westley RoadCB8 0UB
Littleport StationCB6 1JL
Jack O'Tell (Adam's Crossing)CB25 9PW
FysonsCB25 9PW
Ballast PitCB25 9QQ
LocationPost code
Sea WallCO11 1NL
Brantham High BridgeCO11 1PL
Buxton WoodIP9 2DB
IslandIP9 2LP
StacpoolIP6 8LJ
LeggettsIP14 4EY
GooderhamsIP14 4HH
Fords GreenIP14 4HN
GislinghamIP14 4HX
PaynesIP23 8JE
Cow Pasture LaneIP23 8EF
Abbotts IP23 8DN
WeatherbyCB8 8BT
HighamIP28 6NJ
Higham Ground FrameIP28 6NS
CattishallIP31 2QU
BarrelsIP31 3RJ
Grove FarmIP31 3SF
Hawk End LaneIP30 9ED
Lords No.29IP30 9UD
Mutton HallIP14 3LS
BactonIP14 4NS
LocationPost code
Old LaneCM19 5DS
CampsCM19 5DY
Parndon MillCM20 2HR
Fullers EndCM22 6EB
Elsenham Emergency Hut CM22 6JL
Ugley LaneCM22 6JD
HenhamCB11 3XP
ElephantCB11 3PE
DixiesCB11 3TP
WindmillsCB11 3TT
WallacesCB11 4JH
Littlebury Gate HouseCB11 4TG
Parsonage Lane/MargarettingCM4 9JJ
Maldon RoadCM4 9JS
BorehamCM3 3HH
NoakesCM3 3HH
PottersCM8 3HR
SnivillersCO5 9AY
Hill House 1CO5 9EN
Great DomseyCO5 9EP
Long GreenCO6 1XP
Church 2CO3 8NE
Barbara CloseSS4 1NQ
Brown & TawseCM13 3HG
FerrySS7 1NR
Brickyard FarmSS8 0QT
Woodgrange CloseSS1 3EA
MotorbikeSS16 4XJ
Cranes No. 1CM77 8NU
Cranes No.2CM77 8NU
Essex Way CM77 8PD
BattlesbridgeSS11 7RL
PadgetCO7 8AJ
High ElmCO7 8AD
Great Bentley StationCO13 0EP
Lords No. 1CO7 8NX
BluehouseCO13 0EP
WheatsheafCO11 2TQ
Maria StreetCO123HU
Thornfield WoodCO6 2AU
Golden SquareCO6 2AR
BuresCO8 5DF
AbbottsCO7 7RS
Trinity LaneEN8 7EP
Cadmore LaneEN8 9SA
TednamburyCM23 4BD
PattensCM23 4AT
GilstonCM23 4AS
JohnsonsCM23 2AH
FowlersCM23 4AS
Butts LaneRM11 3NA
Woodhall CrescentRM11 3ST
Manor FarmRM14 2TZ
Eve'sRM14 2XH
No 131RM19 1SX
JefferiesSS17 8BA
Howells FarmSS17 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.

Contact us

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.