The following is the content of a letter from Network Rail, received by local residents on 12th August 2019…
(The consultation poster, inviting residents to a drop-in session on the afternoon of 21st August, is also below.)
“12th August 2019
Our Reference: Cuxton level crossing/TH/IP/RS/PWS2 33m 0856yds
IMPROVEMENT WORKS – Cuxton level crossing renewal
I am writing to further update you on our plans to renew the level crossing at Cuxton, which is part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to deliver a better railway for Britain to improve reliability and deliver an efficient railway.
Network Rail intend to renew the Manned Crossing Gated (MCG) level crossing to a Manually Controlled Barrier (MCB) type crossing, which will continue to be operated by the Signaller located at the Cuxton signalbox.
We will be holding a drop-in session on the 21st August 2019 from 2.00pm until 7.00pm at the 30th Strood (Cuxton & Halling) Scout Group, Scout Hall, Bush Road, Cuxton,
Rochester, Kent, ME2 1LJ. Representatives from Network Rail and our contractor Atkins will be present to discuss and answer any questions that you may have with regards to the renewal of the level crossing at Cuxton.
The new MCB level crossing will be subject to the corresponding Listed Building Consent Application being approved and is currently scheduled to come into operation in November 2019.
The new MCB level crossing will comprise of two barriers (which will be raised/lowered by the Signaller) and will be supported by the appropriate number of road traffic lights, yodel alerts/alarms and new level crossing lights.
The need to renew the level crossing to MCB type is due to the reasons below.
- The renewal will remove the current requirement for the Signaller to enter the public highway (Station Road) to complete the level crossing open and closure sequence.
- It will also help reduce the road closure time at Station Road, potentially by up to 30 seconds at the time of closing the gates and by more than 1 minute at the time of opening the gates.
- The asset condition, spare parts have become obsolete making it challenging for Network Rail to maintain.
I hope this information is helpful and we apologise for any inconvenience these essential works may cause. However, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please visit www.networkrail.co.uk or telephone our 24-Hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41
quoting our reference Cuxton level crossing renewal/TH/IP/RS
Community Relations – Network Rail South East Route”