Reducing the risk at level crossings across Anglia

We have developed proposals to manage the possible closure or change of use of 104 level crossings in Anglia across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex, Havering, Hertfordshire, Southend and Thurrock.

Update – December 2020

The Secretary of State for Transport has now granted us the powers to close or modify 16 level crossings across Cambridgeshire and nine level crossings across Suffolk. Find out which Cambridgeshire level crossings and which Suffolk level crossings will be impacted.

A decision has not yet been made about, Essex, Havering, Hertfordshire, Southend and Essex.

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Background information

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

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. Diversion routes will be shown at any closed crossings.


Our proposals

Using the following link you can review our proposal for the Essex and others Transport and Works Act Order. 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. 

Table of level crossings included in the proposals for Essex, Havering, Hertfordshire, Southend and Thurrock

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

Public consultation

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.


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, in March 2017 we submitted 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 for Essex and others is available to view and download by following the links our proposals section above.

On 29 October 2020, we received a decision granting the powers to close or modify 16 level crossings in Cambridgeshire. Find out which Cambridgeshire level crossings will be impacted.

On 26 November 2020, we received a decision granting the powers to close or modify 9 level crossings in Suffolk. Find out which Suffolk level crossings will be impacted.

Before we start work on the new alternative routes for the level crossings, we will work with landowners and local County Councils to agree the final steps in the design process. An update will be published once designs have been confirmed.

Find the Inspector’s reports and the Secretary of State for Transport’s decision letter on the following links:

Contact us

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.

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.