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Network Rail Proposes to Close 62 Level Crossings in Essex
It has been widely reported that Network Rail (NR) proposes to close 130 level crossings in East Anglia (62 are situated in Essex), of which, as many as 109 form part of an existing Public Right of Way. They argue that these closures are required for safety reasons, however, this could mean that pedestrians being diverted to busy roads…. what about safety there! Some could be narrow roads without a pedestrian footway others next to the notorious and highly dangerous trunk road, including the A12. There are several crossings in our C&B region many facing the NR’s axe which will affect our own walking routes as well as local leisure-time walkers, dog walkers, a cut through to work etc.
NR is proposing to use an obscure Act of Parliament to drive these closures through rather than the legislation and practices that the County Council Highways currently use, and which we, as walkers, are aware of and revert to when considering proposed closures and diversions.
It is current RAs’ strategy to seek NR to:
develop a policy on closures as a last resort in partnership with user groups
make crossings as safe as possible
ensure that all alternative routes are as safe as possible and close to the original route, where there is no alternative to closure
In an effort to defend our existing network of Public Rights of Way, the RA is:
building a coalition with other path user organisations, including the British Horse Society and the Open Spaces Society
speaking to local authorities
seeking to meet with Network Rail and with Ministers in the Department for Transport
encouraging and supporting volunteers to respond to the two rounds of consultations
requesting volunteers to gather support from their local MPs
requesting all RA members to join in a petition (see below)
If NR is allowed to succeed in their efforts in East Anglia and dissipate many of our ancient PRoW, most of which have been in existence long before the introduction of our railways, as night follows day, it is certain that NR will roll out their closure activities throughout the entire country as, of course and regrettably, the precedent would have been set in our neck of the woods!
It has been reported that the RA’s Chief Executive Officer has recently met with NR to discuss the East Anglian planned level crossings and it is reported that whilst no promises of a slowdown, nor a suspension were forthcoming the Ramblers concerns were listened to and an agreement reached to meet again to discuss a long-term strategy for level crossings.
If you have not yet submitted your name to the RA petition, please do so, as every ‘vote’ counts and emphasises and you will be involved in adding to the objection to NR’s proposal of a multitude of level crossings, initially, in East Anglia. Here is the link to use, and then complete the simple and brief pro-forma: click: STOP! Network Rail Please do so before 31st March.
WHAT'S NEW ON THIS WEBSITE?
1. A page has been added with videos of our 2016 coach rambles, the videos kindly donated by Basil A. To view these videos, go to "More..." on the row of links at the top of this page (or other pages) and select "Walks Videos" from the drop-down menu. To play the video click on the play icon and to play the video at full screen click on the full screen icon at the bottom right hand corner of the video window.
2. A password-protected page has been added to give C&B members access to information restricted to C&B Membership. To access this page, go to "More..." on the row of links at the top of this page (or other pages) and click on "C&B Members Only" from the drop-down menu. Type in the password (all C&B members will be notified of this password) which will lead to a page of Club information linked to Google Drive.
3. The 'About Us' page has been updated to include a printable application form to join the Ramblers Association and also more information about the contents of this website. A slide show has also been added to this Home page. The photos can be paused or moved on by clicking the Pause or arrow buttons.
4. A new Walks Report of the Group holiday in Bangor, North Wales, held in August 2016, has now been added. This is supported by a few short video clips in the Walks Video section and a photo collection of the holiday in the Photo Gallery. See paragraph 1 of this section for instructions to access the videos.
5 The Newsletter for the period April 2017 - July 2017 has now been added to the website. This is the work of Carole, our new assistant website manager.
6. Basil's video of the Christmas 2016 Sandon walk can now be viewed from the Archive of Videos on the C&B Members Only page. See paragraph 2 describing how to access this page. 7. Please note the important notice above concerning the proposed Level Crossing closures by Network Rail.
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