NETWORK RAIL has reassured Batley residents that the Lady Anne Crossing is in no immediate danger of closure.
Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin chaired a public meeting last Saturday to talk about the railway crossing’s future, which was attended by more than 40 people.
Five representatives of Network Rail listened to public concerns, including complaints that the route, on Howley Street, had been closed to vehicles with little prior notice, and if the same was to happen to the footpath residents would be adversely affected. The well-used crossing is at risk of closure due to the electrification of local rail services, but officials confirmed it would not be any time soon – until next year at least.
It is expected that Network Rail will submit plans to the Department of Transport in December, with a decision expected in June 2018 before a public consultation.
However, because of the planned upgrades to the TransPennine route, the adjacent signal box will inevitably close at some point in the future.
Commenting after the meeting, Ms Brabin said: “It’s important Network Rail heard what our community had to say about the future of Lady Anne Crossing, so I’m pleased we managed to get them to come and listen.
“I’ve got to take my hat off to Hazel Middlehurst and Julie Oldroyd who have led from the front campaigning on this issue.
“My and most of the people who attended the meeting’s main concerns are public safety and convenience.
“I’m glad there will be no overnight changes and we’ll play our full part in the consultation when it comes.”