Network Rail has revealed two options for closing Tallington level crossing, both of which would send road traffic through the village.
Many residents had hoped the company would display plans for a bypass to the north of the village at a public exhibition today (Tuesday, 17 June). But instead two options were shown: a bridge rejoining the A1175 almost immediately, and a bridge with an in-village bypass. Some homes would have to be knocked down if the second option were chosen.
The exhibition at the village hall will be open until 8pm tonight, with another in the same place on Saturday, 28 June.
Network Rail consents manager Steve Poole said plenty of people had already been to view the plans. He added: “The important thing is to get people’s views. Everyone will have a completely different view depending on why they use the road and where they live.
“We want to get people’s genuine views on the two options we are consulting on.”
Mr Poole said the northern bypass routes which had previously been explored were not feasible. He added: “For a number of reasons we are not considering taking the bypass options forward.”
Network Rail also revealed plans to close the level crossing between Greatford and Belmesthorpe, rerouting road traffic over the railway via the Greatford Road bridge. And the pedestrian level crossing at Casewick would also be closed, with walkers being diverted to the Greatford Road bridge. This would either be via a private access track or on new pathways through fields, parallel to the railway line.