Caroline Flint is asking for the consultation over a controversial road bridge over the Rossington level crossing to be extended.
Said Caroline Flint “People living in Rossington have for decades been frustrated at the main access road over a railway crossing being closed for most of every hour.
“That is why I campaigned for the FARRRS link road to connect to Rossington to provide an alternative route in and out of the village. So I am shocked that, a controversial road bridge, causing major disruption to residents is being proposed without any mention of the FARRRS scheme.
“I have written to Network Rail and to Mayor Jones to make clear this consultation needs to be extended with people asked about the option of using the FARRRS link road as an alternative when the level crossing is permanently closed.
The MP argues that to leave FARRRS out of this discussion is wrong; and that a full consultation involving the whole village is vital.
“To produce only a few hundred responses in a village with over 10,000 adults is frankly pathetic,” said Caroline.
“Rossington deserves a proper consultation with everyone knowing what FARRRS will mean for their lives. FARRRS will be built in a little over a year’s time; and it will change how everyone moves in and out of this village,“ said Caroline: “Clearly, we need at least a footbridge for local residents, but whether or not to build a road bridge over the East coast mainline is a big decision.
“So far the consultation has been half baked.” says Caroline
“I don’t want Saturday 6 December to be the last chance for residents to have a say, so I want people to have more time to give their views.
“Rossington is a growing village with over 10,000 adults. At present, there is little choice other than to sit in queues when the crossing is down or take a long diversion to get around it. FARRRS will change that and I want people to decide on the bridge with that in mind.”
Said former Rossington Cllr Barry Johnson, a railway consultant who did a Master’s thesis on the safety of rail crossings: “I understand why Network Rail want to close these crossings. It is not uncommon to have five or six trains passing through the crossing one after the other. It was the problems this caused that led to the huge support for the campaign led by Caroline and myself for a FARRRS link road over ten years ago.”
Caroline Flint asked Network Rail to keep a footbridge as one of the options in its consultation.
When Caroline Flint consulted Rossington residents over the FARRRS link road in 2004, she obtained 1,840 responses. The Network Rail consultation received only 153 residents expressing any preference about either a road bridge or a footbridge.
Network Rail is looking to close all of the East coast level crossings for safety reasons, as new trains travelling 140 miles per hour will be using the line from 2020. At peak times, the crossing can be down for up to 45 minutes in the hour.
The plans can be seen on Saturday 6th December 2014 at the Holmescarr Centre from 10am to 2pm.
If you want to tell Caroline Flint your view about the level crossing being closed, email firstname.lastname@example.org