We are progressing with plans to close Lady Anne level crossing and install a bespoke, accessible footbridge in its place.
This brings us one step closer to enabling major railway improvements between Dewsbury and Leeds as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) – such as faster, more frequent, greener and more reliable trains.
The improvements that will take place as part of TRU means that the crossing needs to be closed and removed. This is because the signalling, which is currently operated from the signal box at the level crossing, will be taken over by the York Rail Operating Centre. Therefore, there will be no Signaller situated at the crossing to operate it.
We’re also working to make our railway more environmentally friendly, to allow for more faster, frequent and greener trains. As part of this we will be electrifying the track, which will make sections of the railway inaccessible due to safety reasons.
This is also part of Network Rail’s plans to eliminate safety risks by removing level crossings where possible and creating a safer railway.
Information and Virtual Event – February 2022
We understand that while some residents welcome the new footbridge, others have concerns around safety and anti-social behaviour if a bridge was to be built. We therefore want to give residents another opportunity to come and ask questions to members of the team regarding any concerns they have.
We are holding both a face-to-face and virtual information event for residents. All the details are included below:
Face-to-face drop in information event
Date: Monday 28 February 2022
Time: 4pm to 7pm
Location: St Thomas’ Church, Grosvenor Road, Batley, WF17 0LX
Teams Live information event Q&A
To join the Teams Live event, you just need to type the above link into any web browser before the event starts and it will take you straight through to the event. This is available to anybody with an internet connection, and you do not need to download any software.
Resident Survey – Summer 2020
We started consultation for an alternative crossing for Lady Anne Level Crossing in Summer 2020. The results of a resident survey revealed that 61% would welcome a new footbridge if the crossing was closed to allow for significant railway improvements, whilst 33% expressed a desire to keep the level crossing open. Key concerns regarding a potential new footbridge focussed on privacy, aesthetics, and accessibility issues.
We took the feedback from the survey and altered the proposed designs for the footbridge to factor in concerns raised above. We are pleased to be progressing with a bespoke, accessible footbridge that works with the surrounding landscape. Below shows some artist impressions of the footbridge, connecting Howley Street to Rutland Road.
Following consultation in Summer 2020, we hosted a face-to-face information event and virtual information event in Summer 2021. At these events we talked through the updated footbridge designs and discussed some of the concerns and queries of residents.
We submitted a planning application for the proposed footbridge design on Wednesday 18 August 2021 and are awaiting a decision on this (Feb 2022). Once we have a decision, we will write to residents to make sure they are up to date with the project.
We’re investing £100m to improve level crossing safety on the railway.
There are around 6,000 level crossings in Britain – a legacy of a railway built 150 years ago when there were fewer and slower trains, and no cars on the road. We have a national safety awareness and improvements programme investing in closing and upgrading level crossings, alongside a safety awareness campaign aimed at specific user groups.
If you have any questions or enquiries please email TranspennineEngagement@networkrail.co.uk.