Final plan for Offord Cluny’s new rail crossing to be revealed

The level crossing at Offord Cluny which could be closed.

The level crossing at Offord Cluny which could be closed. - Credit: Archant

Plans for an alternative link across the railway at Offord Cluny as part of plans to shut the level crossing to traffic are due to go on display this week.

Network Rail is proposing to shut every crossing on the East Coast Main Line between London and Doncaster.

Due to restrictions on available land in Station Road, Offord, a new route will be necessary to take vehicles over a new bridge across the railway.

In July last year, the rail organisation unveiled its proposals for a new link from Station Lane to the B1043, north of the village. It also suggested a footbridge to replace the path at Gills Crossing.

Its latest plans were due to be revealed on Network Rail’s website ahead of two public exhibitions this week.

However, anyone who visited the relevant page found an apology, saying: “Please accept our apologies, our preferred option for this level crossing is still being finalised.

“Information on our preferred option will be available shortly before the public consultation event for each level crossing.”

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Offord Parish Council chairman John Gimblett said: “It seemed pretty finalised the last time we saw it [in July].

“Our only misgiving was we wanted the junction [with the B1043] moved up to the corner rather than where planned, which was 50m from the last house, where there’s already an access to the railway. The primary reason for that is under the A14 scheme, the Godmanchester road will be straightened and the S-bend taken out, so to slow traffic down would be really helpful.Otherwise, the majority seem in favour.”

Public exhibitions regarding the Station Lane and Gills crossings, are to be held at Offords Village Hall from 4-8pm tomorrow (Thursday) and 11am-3pm Saturday. To comment on Network Rail’s plans, email ECMLlevelcrossings@networkrail.co.uk.

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