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Network Rail consultation on crossing closures

7 June 2016

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Network Rail is reviewing 31 level crossings (a mixture of private and public level crossings) in Suffolk on the Great Eastern Main Line and on the line between Ipswich and Cambridge.

Network Rail have stated that this review is being undertaken to:
Improve safety (by removing the point where people come into contact with trains);
Improve reliability of train services; and
Reduce operating and maintenance costs.

Network Rail’s review of the level crossings will involve extensive consultation with a range of stakeholders including members of the public, local councillors and user groups. Network Rail has produced a number of options for each level crossing, for the consultation. The options (which could include closing the level crossing through diversion, downgrading, or maintaining the level crossing as it is currently) will be tested through the public consultation.

The public consultation dates are as follows:
Saturday, 11th June (11am — 3pm), St Edmundsbury C of E Aided Primary School, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3BJ;
Tuesday, 14th June (3pm — 8pm), Stowmarket Community Centre, Stowmarket, IP14 2BD;
Wednesday, 15th June (2pm — 7pm), Burlington Baptist Church, Ipswich, IP1 2EZ

Network Rail officers will be available an hour before each consultation event to brief councillors. The June consultation events will be used by Network Rail as a fact finding exercise to gauge public opinion. Workshops will be arranged for councillors across Suffolk to learn about the outcomes of the June consultation events. The outcomes of the consultations and workshops will inform the final proposals for each level crossing. Another round of public consultations will take place in September to consult on the final proposals.

For further information including contact details and a map of affected crossings in the local area click HERE