Public has say on level crossing plans

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Members of the community have had their say on plans to remove a railway signal box and close a level crossing.

More than 60 people shared their comments and concerns on planned Network Rail signalling work, which will see the box at Howley Street, Batley decommissioned. The plans also cast doubt on the future of the neighbouring Lady Anne level crossing, which is controlled by the box.

Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox organised a public consultation on the proposals last week. She said: “Network Rail had the chance to outline their plans and thoughts and residents were able to feedback their concerns, comments and their hopes as the scheme moves forward.

“It is quite clear to me that the crossing is well used although opinion is divided on what exactly should happen there going forward. “

Network Rail’s Denise Thompson said the crossing would be closed to “reduce safety risks”.

But residents who attended the meeting raised concerns over loss of access for emergency vehicles and potential inconvenience for those wanting to cross between Upper Batley and Soothill.

Simon Lewis from Network Rail, said he would feedback the concerns and comments raised. He pledged to hold a follow up meeting to discuss the proposals further.