Bassetlaw: Network Rail have say on level crossings after MP criticism

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Network Rail have responded to criticism from Bassetlaw MP John Mann in a row over level crossings.

Mr Mann said the decision by the rail company to ‘backtrack’ on plans to close level crossings in Bassetlaw was ‘outrageous’ and called for the decision to be reversed.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We have reiterated our commitment to closing level crossings on the East Coast Main Line as part of our plans to boost train performance on this busy route. Fewer crossings will also mean a safer railway for people who live and work alongside the railway.”

“Following a feasibility study and extensive local consultation, we now have in place a preferred option for the closure of each crossing, as well as a detailed understanding of the steps that would be required to close them and the impact closure would have on the local community.”

“Now that these preferred options are in place, we will look to close level crossings wherever possible as part of planned railway improvement.”