Plans to improve safety of railway crossings

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Plans to improve railway crossing safety go before public consultation this month.

The railway between Princes Risborough, Aylesbury and Bletchley will be upgraded and reconstructed as part of the East West Rail scheme and this includes the level crossings in Stoke Mandeville, Great and Little Kimble, Monks Risborough and Princes Risborough.

Charles Hurst, Network Rail’s project manager for East West Rail, said: “Safety on and around the railway is a top priority for us.

“The East West Rail project will open up many new journey opportunities, but we want to make sure that the reinstated sections of railway are safe for everyone to use, which is why we are undertaking this study.”

Network Rail say they have 23 rights of way between Aylesbury and Princes Risborough, consisting of public foot crossings and crossings for farmers, known as user works crossings.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “The East West Rail scheme will increase the number of trains and potentially the speed of trains so the safest option is to close and replace these crossings with bridges or underpasses.

“We have already had a meeting with the local farmers and landowners, ramblers and council officers to ask for their feedback on our proposals.

“Once we have had the public consultation with the local community, we will take into consideration all comments and suggestions.”

The first consultation event for railway crossings at Aylesbury and Stoke Mandeville takes place tomorrow (Wednesday) at Rooms Three and Four at The Lodge in Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

Anyone interested is welcome to drop-in anytime between 5pm and 8pm.

The second consultation for railway crossings at Little Kimble, Great Kimble, Monks Risborough and Princes Risborough takes place on Wednesday January 28 between 4.30pm and 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church Hall in Church Street, Princes Risborough.

The complete East West Rail scheme involves reinstating and upgrading the railway between Cambridge and Oxford, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury to provide a strategic rail route that will link Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Bicester and Oxford, with connections to national mainline services.