We're planning to divert the existing bridleway at Kings Mill Lane level crossing to provide residents and other users with a safer passage over the railway.
This is part of our national level crossing risk reduction programme. The diverted route would cross the railway by means of a new, ramped bridleway adjacent to the existing crossing (near Kings Mill Lane, Ashfield, Notts, NG18 5EZ). Once that bridge is in place, the present right of way and level crossing would be stopped up and discontinued.
Improving level crossing safety
Our landmark level crossing risk reduction programme started in 2010. Its objective is to close and upgrade crossings across the network, which will improve safety for everyone and reduce the risk that level crossings present to the national rail network.
Level crossings were part of a network developed in the 19th century, when there were slower trains, few cars and the pace of life was much slower. If you were to build a railway today it would not have any level crossings, other than in exceptional circumstances (for example, HS1 does not have any level crossings).
The most effective way of reducing risk is to close a crossing and agree alternative routes or signage with local communities. Since the start of the level crossing risk reduction programme we have closed more than 1,000 crossings and many more have been improved or are being upgraded.
High risk crossing
Following a risk assessment that looked at important factors, such as Kings Mill Lane crossing’s location, it was identified as a high risk site, with an increased risk to users than at other crossings on the network.
- A fatality occurred at the crossing in 2012.
- There have been a high number of trespass and vandalism incidents at this location.
- The risk assessment found that the crossing receives a high level of traffic (rail and pedestrian), and has a history of misuse, near misses and accidents.
We propose to divert the existing bridleway across the railway over a new, ramped bridge near to Kings Mill Lane and to stop up the level crossing. This would provide local residents with safer passage over the railway.
The proposed alignment of the bridge would require a change to the route that people currently take and the removal of the existing public right of way where the level crossing is currently. That public right of way would be diverted over the new bridge.
The proposed new bridge alignment and pedestrian/equestrian route would be of an equivalent distance to the existing route and would not materially add to the time it takes to cross the railway.
To enable the scheme to be implemented, we plan to submit an application under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for planning permission to construct the bridge.
Transport and Works Act
We will also require powers under the Highways Act 1980 or Transport and Works Act 1992 to divert the existing public right of way and close the level crossing. An order under the Transport and Works Act would also enable us to secure land and rights for the purposes of constructing the new bridge.
Proposed new bridge
The proposed bridleway bridge would meet accessibility requirements, incorporating ramps that are six metres in length and set to a 1:15 gradient with two-metre landings between ramp sections.
You can still view the consultation materials on our consultations website.
A summary of the feedback submitted during consultation is included in the Consultation Report which forms part of the Transport and Works Act Order application documents.
Have your say
Following our public consultation, we prepared a TWAO application for the necessary powers to build and maintain the proposed structure. We submitted the application to the Secretary of State for Transport on 15 September 2017.
Objections, representations and letters of support can be made by anyone by 27 October 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 27 October 2017
- 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 Kings Mill Lane No.1 Level Crossing closure and bridge construction TWA Order” in the subject of the letter or email.