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11.04.14

WSP to analyse level crossing closure options on ECML

WSP is to undertake a feasibility study considering potential closure options of level crossings on the East Coast Mainline (ECML) railway between London and Peterborough.

The closure of level crossings on the ECML is part of Network Rail’s ongoing commitment to deliver a safer, more efficient and reliable railway and improve connectivity within local communities.

WSP will identify “feasible” solutions for closing the crossings, undertaking the environmental impact assessments, preparing initial scheme option designs for the proposals and carrying out all consultation with the local community.

Chris Lawrence, head of rail systems at WSP, said: “This is a very important programme of works that has the potential to significantly and permanently improve operations of not just the railway, but the highways too. 

“Delays at levels crossings cause inconvenience for highway users, which has a tangible economic cost, so removing crossings can help improve the local economy by reducing delays and promoting safer travel.”

Working with Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council and Central Bedfordshire Council, WSP will run a programme of public consultations to enable local residents to help shape the potential solutions as well as gain insight into local needs and existing travel behaviour.

Lawrence added that the challenge for WSP is to find alternative solutions that “adequately” respond to the local needs while also taking account of the surroundings, landscape, environment and property impacts so that the railways and roads continue to operate smoothly.

Prior to starting this study, WSP has been involved in many high profile rail projects in the UK including the redevelopment of London Bridge Station, Birmingham New Street Station, Edinburgh Waverley Station, Crossrail and the Wessex train lengthening project.

Phil Verster, route managing director for Network Rail, said that level crossings are a hangover from the past; they cause delays to trains, pedestrians and road users and are expensive to maintain and renew.

“We have taken steps to close many crossings across the network and are continually looking at ways to improve safety and reliability,” Verster stated.

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