As part of the Great North Rail Project, we are proposing to make two level crossings on the Wigan to Southport railway line safer for the public and passengers.
Shaws and Crabtree level crossings, which are both located in Lancashire, are currently used by motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders in very low numbers.
Drivers currently have to operate the crossing themselves which involves crossing the railway five times. Due to the position of the crossing path, users are required to cross the railway diagonally, prolonging the time spent on the railway tracks.
The primary objective of the scheme is to improve the safety of each level crossing.
Our proposal is to permanently close both level crossings to motorists and realign the position of the crossing path at each level crossing to enable pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders to spend less time on the tracks when they cross the railway. This will:
- Improve safety for the public, train passengers and railway staff
- Improve the efficiency of the level crossings
- Reduce future maintenance
Shaws level crossing
At Shaws level crossing, a tarmacked turning area on the south would enable vehicles to divert back along Sutch Lane to Carr Lane. As the vehicle crossing closure will cut-off properties on the northern side of the level crossing, this will require the creation of a new section of tarmacked road 4.5m wide from the north side of Sutch Lane, across a field with a passing bay on the south side to link to Meadow Lane.
To improve visibility onto Meadow Lane from the new access road, some hedgerows on the south east of Meadow Lane and a line of trees on the north west will be relocated. Some compensatory planting will also be put in.
Temporary signage will also be provided confirming the diversion and permanent signage will be installed to inform drivers that there will be a no through route on Sutch Lane.
Crabtree level crossing
At Crabtree level crossing, two tarmacked turning areas north and south of the crossing are proposed. The proposed turning area on the northern side of the level crossing would enable traffic to divert back along Crabtree Lane to Red Cat Lane, the A59 (Liverpool Rd North), Orrell Lane and back onto Crabtree Lane to the south of the level crossing. The proposed turning area on the southern side of the crossing would enable traffic to divert south along Crabtree Lane and back to Orrell Lane and Higgins Lane to the south west.
Temporary signage will also be provided confirming the diversion and permanent signage will be installed to inform drivers that there will be a no through route on Crabtree Lane.
Your views and acquiring consent for the project
As the proposals will require work to take place outside the railway boundary we will need to prepare and apply to the Secretary of State for Transport for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) to authorise both the construction of these works and to use land outside the railway boundary either temporarily or permanently for the construction and operation of the Scheme.
Have your say:
Our consultation for the local community is now open (beginning Monday 15 February) and will run until 28 March 2021.
Due to current government Covid-19 guidance, the consultation is being run remotely, and we will be running a number of online sessions for anyone who wants to find out more and provide feedback on our plans.
Register to take part in our online briefings
Email us at email@example.com or call 01524 881 26.
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|17 February, between 2 and 3pm||17 February, between 7 and 8 pm
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|10 March, between 2 and 3pm||10 March, between 7 and 8 pm|
|11 March, between 7 and 8 pm||11 March, between 2 and 3pm|
The online briefings will take place on Microsoft Teams. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining details.
Alternatively, you can listen to pre-recorded messages about our proposals for Shaws and Crabtree level crossings from 15 February 2021 by calling 0330 320 2068.
Our consultation is now open – please use the link below to complete the online survey and download our drawings and the information pack:
- 15 February – 28 March 2021 – Statutory and public consultation. Your opportunity to have your say
- Summer 2021 – Submit TWAO application to the Secretary of State for Transport
- Spring 2022 – Anticipated decision from the Secretary of State (if a public inquiry is not held)
- Spring 2023 – Anticipated start of works (estimated three to five months)
Please visit our contact us page or call our national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.