Seeking villagers’ views on railway crossing safety

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Village residents can give their views on how railway crossing safety can be improved in their area by attending a public consultation event.

Marsh Gibbon and Calvert residents are invited to drop in to the event at Marsh Gibbon Church of England School any time from 5.30 to 8.30pm on Wednesday, October 22.

As part of the East West Rail project, Network Rail is looking at how to make the planned reinstated railway between Bletchley and Bicester safe for everyone to use.

The study covers public road and footpath crossings as well as private farm crossings in the area.

The crossings being considered are those along the mothballed section of railway between Marsh Gibbon and Calvert.

The East West Rail project plans to reintroduce passenger and freight services between Bedford and Oxford, and between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes.

The work involves reconstructing and upgrading disused and under-used sections of track and signalling between Bletchley and Claydon junctions and upgrading other sections of the line.

Charles Hurst, Network Rail’s project manager for East West Rail, said: “Safety on and around the railway is a top priority for us.

“The East West Rail project will open up many new journey opportunities, but we want to make sure that the reinstated sections of railway are safe for everyone to use, which is why we are undertaking this study.

“So far, we have discussed our initial proposals with the local authority, landowners and ramblers, but we are keen to hear the wider community’s views.

“This event gives us the chance to share our initial plans with residents and invite them to give us the benefit of their local knowledge and experience.”