We are conducting a feasibility study to examine the option to close Lady Anne level crossing and Batley signal box by the end of 2022, subject to funding.

This study is being carried out to enable major railway improvements between Dewsbury and Leeds as part of the Transpennine Upgrade – such as faster, more frequent and more reliable trains – which the continued use of Lady Anne level crossing would restrict.

We are also generally aiming to eliminate safety risks by removing level crossings where possible and creating a safer railway. 

Our monitoring shows that over 100 pedestrians use Lady Anne level crossing each day and we understand it is vital to maintain pedestrian access across the railway if the crossing is closed. This would most likely be in the form of a footbridge, and a questionnaire has been shared with local residents and community groups, whose input and feedback we would welcome. 

As our investigations progress and plans are developed we are committed to keeping you updated.

Resident feedback

As a local resident and potential user of the level crossing we would like to understand the impact any works or changes to the crossing may have on you.  Your feedback is invaluable to help us both minimise any disruption and to enable us to deliver the best solution possible. The questionnaire will be available from 8:00 on Monday 1 June and closes at 00:00 on Thursday 18 June.

Complete resident questionnaire

Footbridge design plans

We are at early stages of developing designs for a potential new footbridge, however we would like to share with you two potential options. Please see the drawings below. It is important to note that no decision has yet been taken on which design to adopt and that they are subject to change and further development.

Option A

Blends in well with the environment with ramps below the tree level to help address previously raised concerns.

Distance from points ‘A’ to ‘B’ are:

  • Using ramps – 350m
  • Using stairs – 200m
  • From Rutland Road there is street level access to the footbridge over the railway.

Option B

More visible with no trees to hide the bridge/ramp on the North side

Distance from points ‘A’ to ‘B’ are:

  • Using ramps – 314m
  • Using stairs – 56m
  • The land to the North of the footbridge is outside of Network Rail’s land boundary.

Safety first

We’re investing £100m to improve level crossing safety.

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.

Contact us

If you have any questions or enquiries please email TranspennineEngagement@networkrail.co.uk.

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