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A railway level crossing in Tackley in Oxfordshire has been closed by Network Rail and has been replaced by a footbridge.
The crossing, near to Tackley station, was closed yesterday, 28th April 2020.
This follows misuse of the level crossing, with 15 incidents reported in the last 18 months.
The temporary footbridge allows Network Rail to continue to develop its plans to create a brand new subway which would then allow wheelchair users to cross the line.
Passengers can use the footbridge to cross to Platform 2, or to walk, via the bridleway, to the village.
What did the officials say?
Mike Gallop, Network Rail’s Western route director, said:
“I am really pleased we have been able to close the level crossing and offer the public a route across the railway via the new footbridge.
“Level crossings are safe when used correctly but this is a step in the right direction as we develop our plans for a subway, which will be accessible for everyone.
“We thank the community in Tackley for their support and look forward to working with them on the permanent subway.”
Richard Macrory, Tackley resident and former rail representative of the parish council, said:
“Alongside Robin Gibbons of the parish council, we’ve been working on this issue for over ten years and are delighted to see all the hard work has finally paid off.
“Passengers and other residents will at last be able to cross the line in safety. We will now work, constructively with Network Rail to secure the permanent solution.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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