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Swineshead level crossing to be modernised over Easter, Network Rail confirms




Work to improve Swineshead level crossing, making it more reliable for drivers and cyclists, will start next month, Network Rail has announced today (Thursday).

Engineers plan to replace the existing barrier gates with new ones at the level crossing near the A17/A1121 junction between Thursday, April 9, and Monday, April 13.

It is hoped the new, more modern barriers will bring an end to delays and traffic jams caused by level crossing failures.

Rail engineers will be working to install new barrier gates at Swineshead level crossing over Easter.Photo supplied by Network Rail.
Rail engineers will be working to install new barrier gates at Swineshead level crossing over Easter.Photo supplied by Network Rail.

Vinny Briggs, Network Rail's route level crossing manager, said: "This is really important work to modernise Swineshead level crossing and the new barriers will make sure it remains fit for purpose.

"They will also improve the reliability of the level crossing and, therefore, help to reduce delays on the railway.

"We are working hard to minimise any disruption while this work takes place and would like to thank all those impacted for their patience."

Network Rail is to replace the barrier gates at Swineshead level crossing over the Easter holidays.
Network Rail is to replace the barrier gates at Swineshead level crossing over the Easter holidays.

The work will not affect train journeys to and from Swineshead Station but a temporary road closure will be in place.

As a result, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will not be able to use the crossing where diversions will be signposted.

Network Rail also confirmed that it will be "taking extra precautions" to make sure the work is done safely and in line with government guidelines concerning "social distancing" due to the coronavirus outbreak.


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