CONCEPT drawings of a bridge over a busy railway line have been shown to the public for the first time.
Network Rail held a public exhibition yesterday (Tuesday) of plans to build a bridge to the north of Tallington and close the notorious level crossing in the village.
The plans were drawn up with the help of Tallington resident and parish councillor Ken Otter, who has been campaigning for a bypass around the village for years.
The plans on display in the village hall showed a bridge crossing the line to the north of the village, with link roads from the A1175 to the east and west. New roundabouts would be built in Barholm Road and Casewick Lane for local access.
The crossing is one of the busiest on the East Coast line and at peak times the barriers can be down for up to 40 minutes in an hour.
National enhancements manager for Network Rail, Stuart Cheshire, said: “These are the first steps in a very long process.
“The most important thing for us is that we listen to the residents and when we do move towards a more formal planning process we take them into consideration.
“There is funding available for the project. Committing to anything would be crazy on our part but we are committed to a development process.”
Chris Newsome, of Main Road, Tallington, was pleased to see the plans. He said: “It must be a benefit that the disruption to ourselves and the travelling public is reduced through a bridge.
“The issue is that nobody should be disadvantaged as a consequence. There is a concern on increased noise and visual impact.”