As part of our landmark level crossing risk reduction programme, we're proposing to close Llanion level crossing to help create a safer railway
Between July 2015 – April 2021, there have been 20 incidents recorded at Llanion level crossing and 75% of these accounted for vandalism and trespass. This crossing has therefore been identified as one of the level crossings we would like to fully close.
The most recent incident happened in April 2021 when a works van crossed in front of an oncoming train, causing the emergency breaks to be deployed. Then as the train started to move forward, the van crossed in front of it again going the other way.
In February 2021, a works van crossed in front of an oncoming train and in March 2020, a driver narrowly avoided a serious incident when his car collided with a passing train. The driver was fined and given four penalty points on his licence by magistrates for driving without due care and attention.
Visibility across the crossing is poor so a full closure would remove all risk associated with crossing the railway for road users, rail users and pedestrians.
Our plans would see the creation of a new road on the south side of the railway, via an extension to Hawkstone Road.
Pedestrian access across the railway would be maintained at Pembroke Dock station or via the subway on Ferry Lane, less than 200m away from Llanion level crossing. Access to 17-19 Llanion Cottages would be maintained through the new road.
Proposed pedestrian diversion routes
There are two proposed pedestrian diversion routes, one route circa 180m east of Llanion Cottages, via the subway on Ferry Lane and one route west of Llanion Cottages, at Pembroke Dock station. Please download our diversion map to see these routes.
What are the benefits of closing the crossing?
The closure of the level crossing would mean that trains travelling to and from Pembroke Dock station would no longer have to wait for up to five minutes at the crossing, therefore, reducing overall journey times for passengers.
Additionally, the noise created by the horns of approaching trains, vehicles and pedestrians travelling across the crossing would be completely eliminated for those residents living near it.
What are the timescales for this planned closure?
We are working towards fully closing the crossing by 2022 but this is subject to stakeholder input, assessment and acceptance. We want to ensure we engage with all those who have an interest in the crossing in the coming months so that we can thoroughly review our plans and be sure that our proposal has been seen and accepted by as many people as possible.
Frequently asked questions
Level crossings were part of a network built around 180 years ago, when there were fewer and slower trains, no cars and the pace of life was much slower. If you were to build a railway today it would not have any level crossings.
We believe the most effective way of reducing level crossing risk is to remove the risk altogether, by closing the level crossing. Where we cannot do this, we will look at options to make the crossing safer.
We complete risk assessments of our level crossings at regular intervals. The assessments consider a number of important factors, such as the crossing’s location, how much traffic (rail, road and pedestrian) it receives, and the crossing’s history of near misses and accidents. The assessments’ findings are used to inform our level crossing management strategy.