Press release from Anna Soubry MP regarding Network Rail’s plans to close three crossings in Attenborough

anna-soubry-mpNetwork Rail have agreed to extend a public consultation after angry residents contacted Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry.

On Friday, some residents in Attenborough received a letter from Network Rail telling them of plans to close three crossings for pedestrians and cyclists in the village.  But the public consultation gave residents only 2 weeks to respond over the Christmas period.

Anna said:

“The lack of consultation was unacceptable and I’m pleased Network Rail have apologised and have agreed to extend the consultation until January 25th.  They have also announced plans for a public meeting on February 8th.  I’m urging everyone who uses the crossings to contact National Rail and have their say on these controversial plans.”

The crossings are popular with pedestrians and cyclists from the village and beyond, with many people using the crossings to access Attenborough Nature Reserve.

Local residents can take part in Network Rail’s consultation by emailing crne@networkrail.co.uk before January 25th 2017.  Network Rail will also be hosting a Public Meeting on 8th February at Attenborough Village Hall between 3.00pm and 7.30pm. 

See Nottingham Post report.

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6 Responses to Press release from Anna Soubry MP regarding Network Rail’s plans to close three crossings in Attenborough

  1. Steve Carr says:

    Myself and Councillor Foale (Beeston South) have also written to Nerwork Rail asking for a meeting in early January. This is a subject where we need cooperation.

  2. Fred R says:

    Why does Network Rail want to close the crossings? It can’t be cost as AFAIK none of them are operated – users open the gates themselves. Maybe because of the suicide risk? There are Samaritans posters on the crossings. It would certainly be a pain for those on two legs or two wheels as without them the only way to cross the line into the nature reserve would be to go to the visitor centre.

  3. As someone who appreciates the level crossing into Attenborough Nature Reserve, but uses it with some trepidation on each occasion, I thought I would look into the safety of the UK’s level crossings.

    The number of level crossing users killed rose to ten in 2014-15, the highest number recorded since 2009-10 (8 pedestrians and 2 in cars). The UK is ranked first for safety performance in terms of level crossing accidents in Europe. The UK has in excess of 6,500 level crossings (the sixth highest) and consistently reports fewer accidents than countries with a similar number of level crossings such as Hungary and Italy. (Drawn from ORR Rail Safety Statistics 2014-15 Annual Statistical Release)

    A 2014 House of Commons Report on level crossings stated that “Level crossings are a significant source of risk on the UK’s transport networks. Although the number of accidental deaths at level crossings has decreased in recent years, nine people died in 2012-13. Every one of those deaths was a personal tragedy which could have been averted. We recommend that the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), which is responsible for rail safety, adopt an explicit target of zero fatalities at level crossings from 2020.”

    “Calculating which level crossings are the most risky is complex but we estimate that there may be many hundreds of crossings which exceed Health and Safety Executive guidance on the acceptable level of fatality risk to the public. Network Rail should be more transparent about its assessment of risk at level crossings and its plans for closures and improvements.”
    This is something that we should explore with Network Rail in February to understand how risky the three crossings are.

    Some food for thought ahead of the meeting in February and in the meantime I hope everyone stays safe over Christmas and into the New Year.

  4. Mike Johnson says:

    I think that these Public Rights of Way over our Nations Railway Lines should be retained. I wonder when these Pedestrian Crossings were first established? The speed of the Trains has increased over the years. We are getting more health and safety aware. To help reduce the number of deaths, Network Rail should make the general public aware of the dangers of crossing railway lines. It is possible to have warning lights indicating that it is safe or not safe to cross. It should also be possible to automatically lock the gates when a train is approaching and unlock them when the train has passed.

  5. David Sirl says:

    Whilst it’s helpful to be given the email address to respond to the consultation, it’s not clear to me what I’d be responding to. Is there actually any (publicly accessible) firm statement from Network Rail about what they are considering? NR seem to have a very loose interpretation of the word “consultation”. The letters seem to have gone only to residents in a fairly small area, which is fair enough, but there seems to have been very little (if any) to engage with anyone else. I’ve spent 15 mins or so looking on NR’s website and can find no information at all about it.

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