Lidlington crossings

Closed 24 Jun 2016

Opened 3 Jun 2016

Overview

As part of Network Rail’s plan to build a bigger, better, more reliable railway for Britain, we are developing plans to upgrade and reconstruct existing, and mothballed (no longer used) sections of track linking Bedford-Bicester and Milton Keynes-Aylesbury.

The proposals involve alterations to, or replacement of a number of bridges, improvement of facilities at or closure of a number of level crossings and provision of replacement highway footbridges/underpasses or diversions at closed level crossings.

Why We Are Consulting

There are a number of railway crossings at Lidlington which we will need to change to make the railway safer for all users.

Lidlington crossings

We consulted on initial proposals for the School Crossing and Marston Road Crossing  in Lidlington in September 2015 and asked for feedback. We have considered this feedback and have developed further options which we would like the local community’s views on.

School Crossing (FP6/A6)

This is a well used pedestrian crossing with, on average, 273 people using it to cross the railway on weekdays. To make the crossing safer for all users we need to close it. Five options are proposed: 

Option 1 Close and divert to the highway crossing on Station Road/Church Street

Option 2 Close and replace the crossing with a stepped footbridge

Option 3 Close and replace the crossing with a stepped footbridge and lifts

Option 4 Close and replace the crossing with a ramped footbridge

Option 5 Close and replace the crossing with an underpass

Playing Fields Crossing (FP15)

The proposal is to close this foot crossing and divert the footpath to the option selected for School Crossing.

Marston Road Crossing

This is currently a half barrier level crossing and the Office of Road and Rail have stated that half barrier crossings must be replaced. We therefore propose to construct a road bridge over the railway.

Two options are put forward: 

Option 1 Close and replace this crossing with an overbridge and a new road to the rear of the cottages on Marston Road.

Option 2 Close and replace this crossing with an overbridge and a new road alignment close to the current road alignment.

Pilling Farm South Crossing (FP1)

The proposal is to close this foot crossing and divert the footpath to the new Marston Road overbridge.

 

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Road
  • Rail
  • Cycling
  • Walking / Rambling
  • Bridleways
  • Improving communities
  • Supporting growth
  • Strengthening Regional Economies
  • Environment
  • Flora & Fauna
  • Noise and Vibration
  • Visual Impacts