On Friday 25th May, the public inquiry into the Network Rail (Suffolk Level Crossings Reduction) Order closed after 7 sitting weeks. The Order, which is sought under the Transport and Works Act 1992, would result in the closure or downgrading of 23 railway level crossings in Suffolk and the provision of diversionary routes for existing users of the crossings.
It is one of three similar orders on the Anglia Route which form part of Network Rail’s efforts to improve the safety of the network, reduce operational costs, and improve the capacity of the railway. The orders form part of a national strategy to significantly improve safety at level crossings.
The Order was resisted by the county highways authority, the Ramblers Association, several affected landowners, and users of some of the crossings.
Jacqueline Lean acted for Network Rail, and also acts for Network Rail on its application for a similar order relating to level crossings in Essex, Havering, Hertfordshire, Southend and Thurrock (inquiry due to resume in September 2018).
Richard Turney acted for Network Rail on the Network Rail (Cambridgeshire Level Crossings Reduction) Order application (inquiry closed February 2018).