As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, we are closing the level crossing from Saturday 5 January – Monday 14 January to vehicular traffic and pedestrians to carry out renewal work.
Image 1: Newcastle level crossing
Image 2: Aerial view of the level crossing
What the work will involve and where?
The crossing is located on the Shrewsbury and Crewe (SYC) railway line/Newcastle Road on the B5074 in Nantwich, Cheshire, England and is used heavily daily by a large number of vehicles and trains. Although the level crossing will see a full closure to road traffic, it will only result in two weekend closures to trains services (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 January and Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January). This will result in a rail replacement bus in operation over the two weekends on the Shrewsbury and Crewe line.
There will be a diversion route in place for vehicles which has been agreed with the local council and highways officers. The diversionary route will be clearly signposted and will run via Crewe Road and Nantwich Bypass. Please allow extra time to make your journey. There will be a minibus service to assist pedestrians which will run from one side of the crossing to the other. This service will run from Monday 7 January until Friday 11 January between the hours of 7.30am – 9.30am and 3.30pm and 7.30pm.
Over the first weekend of the road closure, our work will include removing the existing level crossing and the road surface, excavating the foundations to a depth of approximately one metre and pouring concrete into the foundations. Following on from this and during the week the concrete will be left to cure. During the second weekend we will be installing the new rubber crossing and making good the road surface.
What are the benefits?
Once completed, the level crossing renewal will minimise temporary closures in the future. The renewal process will make the level crossing safer and more resistant to weather conditions, meaning less maintenance work will be required. Our lineside neighbours will benefit from a quieter environment from both vehicular traffic and trains passing over the crossing. Cyclists will benefit from this improvement as the design of the new crossing will provide a smoother transit.
When will the works take place?
We will be setting up our compound on Friday 4 January ready for the work to commence on Saturday 5 January; and will demobilise and remove our site as soon as possible following completion on Monday 14 January. We understand you may have further questions and we would like to invite you along to our public drop in event. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
What will be the impact on passengers?
We understand that closing the road is inconvenient and we thank the local community and road users for bearing with us during this time. Our advice to road users is to plan ahead and allow additional time for travelling. Between Saturday 5 January and Monday 14 January, there will also be no pedestrian access across the level crossing. When travelling south we recommend vehicles use Crewe Road and Nantwich Bypass to access the south side of the B5074, as per the below map. If travelling north, we recommend using Nantwich Bypass and Crewe Road. The diversionary route will be clearly signposted.
If you have any questions, please contact our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or email CRWales@networkrail.co.uk