Published on : Saturday, April 13, 2019
The level crossings at Morston Hall, Thorpe Lane, Levington and Westerfield will be temporarily closed while the work to upgrade them to full barriers, three with obstacle detection systems and one with CCTV.
These modern level crossings provide additional safety for everyone wishing to cross the railway, either as a motorist or a pedestrian. While we upgrade the level crossings, we will temporarily close each crossing between the following dates:
The crossings will be taken out of service to remove the existing barriers and equipment. Over consecutive weekends when trains are suspended, each level crossing will then need to be upgraded, tested and brought back into service one by one. This is to ensure that the new equipment and signalling systems are performing as required and it is safe for the public to use.
When the crossings are closed, we’re planning to maintain access for residents and businesses where possible. The following diversions will be in place:
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “We’re focussed on reducing the impact for the people who live by the railway as much as possible.
“We have been talking with the communities affected to develop solutions to maintain vehicle access while these level crossings are closed. I want to thank everyone that has been involved in helping us to develop our plans to deliver these important upgrades which will improve safety for crossing users.”
Work to upgrade the level crossings can only be undertaken when trains are not running, usually at weekends to maintain safety. This means that each level crossing will be closed for several weeks while the main upgrade work is completed over consecutive weekends.
This work is being done ahead of the expected increase in the number of freight trains using the branch line that will serve the Port of Felixstowe. Operating more trains on the branch lines requires an increased level of safety at the level crossings which is why they are being upgraded.
Additionally, the level crossing at Trimely station will be closed for 36 hours over the late May bank holiday weekend from 00:01 on 25 May until 12:00 on 26 May. Arrangements are being made to provide residents with alternative parking while the crossing is closed.
Source:- Network Rail
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