Shaws and Crabtree Level Crossing

Closed 28 Mar 2021

Opened 15 Feb 2021

Overview

Shaws and Crabtree level crossings are on the Wigan to Southport line. They are used by drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders in very low numbers. Miniature stop lights indicate to drivers if it is safe to cross and they are then required to operate the crossing themselves and cross the railway five times.

Due to the position of the crossing path, pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders are required to cross the railway diagonally, increasing the time spent on the tracks.

In 2010 Network Rail embarked on a level crossing risk reduction programme. The objective of this programme is to close and upgrade crossings across the network, which will improve safety for everyone and reduce the risk that level crossings present to the national rail network.

Our plans

We are proposing to permanently close the crossings to all vehicles, install new pedestrian gates and realign the crossing path.

Benefits

The primary objective of the scheme is to improve the safety of each level crossing. This forms part of a wider aim to improve the efficiency of the operation, future maintenance and safety of the main railway line between Wigan and Southport.

At both crossings, drivers will no longer have to walk on the tracks to open and close the gates and other users will spend less time on the tracks.

Shaws level crossing

At Shaws level crossing a tarmacked turning area on the south would enable vehicles to divert back along Sutch Lane to Carr Lane. As the vehicle crossing closure will cut-off properties on the northern side of the level crossing, this will require the creation of a new section of tarmacked road 4.5m wide from the north side of Sutch Lane, across a field with a passing bay on the south side to link to Meadow Lane. To improve visibility onto Meadow Lane from the new access road, some hedgerows on the south east of Meadow Lane and a line of trees on the north west will be relocated. Some compensatory planting will also be put in.

Proposed works at Shaws Level Crossing

Temporary signage will also be provided confirming the diversion and permanent signage will be installed to inform drivers that there will be a no through route on Sutch Lane.

The turning area will be sized to accommodate heavy goods vehicles up to 16.5m in length.

Proposed turning area south of Shaws level crossing

Crabtree level crossing

At Crabtree level crossing, two tarmacked turning areas north and south of the crossing are proposed. The proposed turning area on the northern side of the level crossing would enable traffic to divert back along Crabtree Lane to Red Cat Lane, the A59 (Liverpool Rd North), Orrell Lane and back onto Crabtree Lane to the south of the level crossing. The proposed turning area on the southern side of the crossing would enable traffic to divert south along Crabtree Lane and back to Orrell Lane and Higgins Lane to the south west.

Temporary signage will also be provided confirming the diversion and permanent signage will be installed to inform drivers that there will be a no through route on Crabtree Lane.

The turning areas will be sized to accommodate heavy goods vehicles up to 16.5m in length.

Construction

We propose to have one temporary compound north of Shaws level crossing to undertake the work for the turning area on the south side of the railway.

For the new access road, a main temporary compound is proposed, accessed from Meadow Lane. We propose to have one temporary compound next to the turning area south of Crabtree level crossing.

We will keep both crossings open to all users during construction of the turning areas and the new access road. A weekend closure of the railway will be needed to allow removal of the vehicle gates, installation of new pedestrian gates and realign the crossing paths.

To reduce the effects of construction on communities and the environment, we will require the appointed Construction Contractor to agree a Code of Construction Practice (CoCP) in consultation with the Local Planning Authority. As part of the CoCP a Construction Environmental and Social Management Plan will be developed and implemented to manage traffic and noise aspects during construction.

Proposed turning areas north and south of Crabtree level crossing

Environment

A Habitats Regulation Assessment has demonstrated there will be no likely significant effects on the qualifying features of Martin Mere Special Protection Area and Ramsar site as a result of the proposed works.

A flood risk assessment has been undertaken to support the application.

Further environmental work will be undertaken and any significant negative impacts will be mitigated.

Consent for the Project

As the proposals will require work to take place outside the railway boundary we will need to prepare and apply to the Secretary of State for Transport for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) to authorise both the construction of these works and to use land outside the railway boundary either temporarily or permanently for the construction and operation of the Scheme.

Key dates and how to stay involved

Key dates and your opportunity to stay involved as the TWAO application progresses are outlined below.

Register to take part in our online briefings

Email us at shawsandcrabtree@networkrail.co.uk or call 01524 881 267.

Shaws level crossing

17 February, between 2 and 3pm

18 February, between 7 and 8 pm

10 March, between 2 and 3pm

11 March, between 7 and 8 pm

Crabtree level crossing

17 February, between 7 and 8 pm

18 February, between 2 and 3pm

10 March, between 7 and 8 pm

11 March, between 2 and 3pm

The online briefings will take place on Microsoft Teams.

After registering, you will receive information about joining details.

Call 0330 320 2068 to listen to pre-recorded messages about our proposals for Shaws and Crabtree level crossings from 15 February 2021.

Speak to us directly between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday throughout the consultation period on 01524 881 267.

Audiences

  • Residents
  • Lineside Neighbours
  • Local Councillors
  • Rail Enthusiasts
  • Other Interested Parties

Interests

  • Road
  • Cycling
  • Walking / Rambling
  • Environment