Caroline Flint has welcomed Network Rail’s announcement that no final decision will be taken on the replacement for the rail crossing at West End Lane until after the FARRRS link road is open.
Said Caroline: “Network Rail’s proposals are very welcome. They have listened to public opinion in Rossington, which has generated strong views for and against the road bridge, and they are ensuring that no decision is made until the impact of FARRRS is assessed.
“This rail crossing is certain to close to provide for the new generation of fast trains. I have always said Rossington must get the solution residents want, whether that is a road bridge or footbridge. Network Rail have also seen the merits of waiting until FARRRS opens and then monitoring its impact on traffic movements along West End Lane.
“FARRRS is a fantastic development for Rossington, and through careful planning, Network Rail will be able to see how important road access is along West End Lane, once FARRRS is up and running.
“Our biggest worry was a decision made in haste leading to lots of upset in Rossington. This extended consultation guarantees that Rossington can have the options fully explored and local people will be listened to.”
Note to Editors
• Initial consultations showed a majority of Rossington residents favouring a road bridge.
• Petitions submitted, totalling over 800, have opposed the road bridge.
• Opponents says that FARRRS which opens at the end of 2015, and builds a new road over the railway, will prove to be a popular route for residents (as it can be accessed from two points in the village).