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Blackwell path facing closure
Posted on February 27 2017 at 3:08:22
Network Rail intends to close the “yellow brick road” foot crossing over the railway line at Blackwell and put a diversion in place, Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors heard.
Network Rail project manager Alistair Keen told the meeting: “A crossing with a sighting distance of just 150m on a 90mph railway is a concern, and the view will soon be further obscured by new masts.”
He said installing a bridge was not popular with residents, while traffic lights or a subway were not viable, so Network Rail was now looking at a diversion via Linthurst Newtown and Blackwell Road.
The crossing (right) currently allows access from Fairways Drive to the public footpath across Blackwell golf course.
Project sponsor Richard Dugdale added: “A bridge would have to be a massive structure and cost £1 million, just to save 400 yards of walking.”
He pointed out that the similar foot crossing at Cofton Hackett “had a strong case for a bridge” because any diversion there would be too long.
A drop-in event with information on the diversion plan is due to be hosted by Network Rail at The Wheel in Blackwell on March 2 from 3–7pm.
* Meanwhile, hopes have been dashed that Network Rail may be about to fulfil the requirement to drain, resurface and mark out the car park at Alvechurch station.
Parish councillor Marc Worrall had hoped a meeting with Network Rail, over a plan he had costed at around £250,000, would be positive – only to be told that the way Network Rail tendered for work meant it would cost £700,000.
The work will now have to wait until 2019 at the earliest.