Bridge idea is ‘viable’ to end Tallington level crossing nightmare

Traffic queues at Tallington level crossing
Traffic queues at Tallington level crossing

PLANS showing how a bridge could replace a busy level crossing are set to be unveiled.

Network Rail is holding a public exhibition about its plans for the level crossing in Tallington at the village hall from 2pm to 8pm on Tuesday.

The company will show the results of a study into whether the crossing could be closed and an outline design to demonstrate that a road bridge could be built over the railway tracks.

The crossing is a notorious hold-up for motorists in the area.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “What we are presenting is an outline design to demonstrate that the scheme is viable.”

Tallington parish councillor and resident Ken Otter, who has been campaigning to close the crossing for six years and helped arrange the exhibition, was told that the plans for a bridge will be on display.

He said: “There will be plans of the route where the bridge is going to go to allow the public to comment on where improvements may be needed to protect their property from noise and sight disturbance.

“The meeting will reassure the travelling public that something is being done to alleviate waiting times at the crossing.”

Mr Otter has been in contact with Network Rail executives and Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department for some time trying to push forward the plans for a bridge and two link roads.

He has conducted his own surveys of waiting times at the crossing and has even set up his own website to explain the problem and display plans for a bridge and a bypass.

He added: “I am pleased to say that Network Rail has reacted positively to my requests.

“We can all be sceptical and pessimistic but sooner or later something has got to happen.”

PLANS showing how a bridge could replace a busy level crossing are set to be unveiled.

Network Rail is holding a public exhibition about its plans for the level crossing in Tallington at the village hall from 2pm to 8pm on Tuesday.

The company will show the results of a study into whether the crossing could be closed and an outline design to demonstrate that a road bridge could be built over the railway tracks.

The crossing is a notorious hold-up for motorists in the area.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “What we are presenting is an outline design to demonstrate that the scheme is viable.”

Tallington parish councillor and resident Ken Otter, who has been campaigning to close the crossing for six years and helped arrange

the exhibition, was told that the plans for a bridge will be on display.

He said: “There will be plans of the route where the bridge is going to go to allow the public to comment on where improvements may be needed to protect their property from noise and sight disturbance.

“The meeting will reassure the travelling public that something is being done to alleviate waiting times at the crossing.”

Mr Otter has been in contact with Network Rail executives and Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department for some time trying to push forward the plans for a bridge and two link roads.

He has conducted his own surveys of waiting times at the crossing and has even set up his own website to explain the problem and display plans for a bridge and a bypass.

He added: “I am pleased to say that Network Rail has reacted positively to my requests. “We can all be sceptical and pessimistic but sooner or later something has got to happen.”

A Lincolnshire County Council survey in March last year found that at peak times the barriers at Tallington could be down for up to 40 minutes per hour.

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