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.
Gipsy Lane level crossing is on the Liverpool Street to Norwich line in Needham Market, Suffolk. 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 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. 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 closing the crossing and replacing it with a new public footpath to an existing culvert. This will eliminate the risk of pedestrians coming into contact with passing trains.
We are finalising our construction plans with work expected to start in late 2022. Information on when the crossing will close and how to use the new path will be publicised locally in advance of the closure.
- Works to close crossing – Late 2022 TBC
- Crossing expected to close – Winter 2022/23. Exact date will be publicised nearer the time.
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