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Level Crossing Closures

Network Rail is continuing its feasibility study to explore options for the closure of level crossings on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) as part of their ongoing commitment to deliver a safer, more efficient and reliable railway.


Delays at level crossings lead to increased journey times for highway, footpath and bridleway users, which have a tangible economic cost. By removing crossings Network Rail can seek to improve the local economy by removing delays thus delivering better connectivity. Network Rail have already taken steps to close or replace many level crossings across the network and improve people’s understanding of the potential dangers.

They are now consulting on preferred options to close crossings and provide alternative access arrangements in local areas. The information provided through the first round of consultation has been used to help select preferred options for each crossing and develop proposals. The following proposals will be presented during this second round of consultation:


  • Woodcroft: This is currently a public highway (unclassified) level crossing. Network Rail are seeking to close this crossing and divert users to a new route at Helpston.
  • Helpston: This is currently a public highway (B1443) level crossing. Network Rail are seeking to close this crossing and divert users to a new road bridge in the immediate vicinity.
  • Maxey: Network Rail are seeking to close this crossing and provide an accommodation bridge with private vehicle and public bridleway access. Public road vehicles will be diverted to Helpston or Tallington.
  • Helpston footpath: This is a public footpath located to the east of the Lolham crossing. Network Rail are seeking to close this crossing and divert users to a new foot/cycle bridge at the site of Helpston Footpath and Lolham crossings.
  • Lolham: This is currently a public highway (unclassified) level crossing. Network Rail are seeking to close this crossing to vehicles and provide a new foot/cycle bridge at the site of Helpston Footpath and Lolham crossings.
  • Tallington: This is currently a public highway (A1175) level crossing. Network Rail are seeking to close this crossing and divert users via a new road bridge to the north of the existing crossing.
  • Casewick: This is currently a public footpath level crossing. Network Rail are seeking to close this crossing and divert users via an alternative route.
  • Greatford: This is currently a public highway (unclassified) level crossing. Network Rail are seeking to close this crossing and divert users via an alternative route.

Network Rail have been holding a number of public exhibitions where residents can learn more about how the preferred solutions will affect them.


You can visit one of the forthcoming public exhibitions to find out more, or submit feedback using the comment cards at the exhibition or online at www.networkrail.co.uk/ECMLlevelcrossings no later than 2 March 2015.

Subject to funding, Transport and Works Act Orders (TWAO) to close the level crossings are expected to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport in 2015.

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