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Melton Road to close while Network Rail improves Oakham level crossing

A road will close next month to allow engineers to carry out improvements on a level crossing.

Next month Network Rail will carry out work to upgrade the surfacing at Oakham level crossing to make it smoother for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Teams will be removing the current tarmac and rubber surfacing, carrying out track improvements, then installing new rubber panels.

Oakham level crossing
Oakham level crossing

Once this part of the project is complete, the surface will be re-tarmacked and new white and yellow road markings will be painted.

To allow work to be completed, Melton Road will be fully closed at the crossing from 7pm on Friday, June 4 until 6.15am on Monday, June 7.

A signposted diversion will be in place for drivers and pedestrians will be able to use the footbridge next to the crossing. During this time, there will be no access over the crossing for pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Traffic lights will also be in place in Barleythorpe Road, on the approach to the crossing, and one lane will remain open.

Vinny Briggs, route level crossing manager for Network Rail, said: “This work to improve the road surface at Oakham level crossing is vital so that people can continue using it safely and reliably for years to come.

“We’ve planned this project to keep disruption to a minimum and we’re sorry for any inconvenience the road closure causes for people in the community or for passengers who need to travel.”

Buses will replace CrossCountry train services between Melton Mowbray and Peterborough on June 4, 5 and 6.

Passengers who need to travel are strongly advised to check their journey via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator and allow plenty of time.

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