Plan to close York level crossing revealed

NETWORK Rail has announced plans to close a level crossing in a village near York.

The organization is asking people in Copmanthorpe to provide feedback on their proposals for replacing the level crossing with an alternative safe access via rail.

He says major improvement work is being done between York and Church Fenton, which will allow trains to reach 125 mph on four lines and provide faster and more reliable journeys for passengers.

“Work is being prepared for the Transpennine Route Upgrade, which will provide capacity for more trains and faster journeys between York. Leeds and Manchester Victoria,” said a spokesperson.

“As part of this project, Network Rail is looking for options to completely close the Copmanthorpe level crossing, which will increase security in the area.”

They said passers-by and residents living nearby are encouraged to share their views on two proposed options for an alternative safe access via rail:

*Dire people to the existing Temple Lane bridge with plans to build an additional footpath on the bridge

*Build a new step footbridge on York Field Lane

They said the virtual consultation will run until Friday, 1 October, and people will be able to view offers, ask questions and share feedback by visiting

They said Network Rail also held two live chat sessions at the virtual event where people could chat with the project team and ask any questions they have about the proposals. Wednesday, September 29, between 18:00 – 19:00.

Stephen Wright, Senior Sponsor of Network Rail’s Transpennine Route Upgrade, said: “We really want people in Copmanthorpe to share their views on the planned closure of the level crossing and let us know what they think of our two proposed options.

“This will allow us to find the best option to maintain safe rail access and meet the needs of the community.”

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