A Derby level crossing.(Network Rail Image)
Level crossing users in Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire are being warned of temporary changes to level crossings in the area as Network Rail begins the main stage of a huge upgrade to track and signalling at Derby station.
The major improvement work will mean some trains will be temporarily rerouted as fewer trains are able to call at the station.
The rerouting of trains will impact various level crossings in the area and motorists, pedestrians and all level crossing users are urged not to be complacent and to follow all safety and warning signs at the crossings.
Level crossing users are also advised to allow additional time for their journeys as the diversionary routes will lead to a temporary increase in barrier downtime at some level crossings.
The crossing which will be impacted are:
- Lock Lane level crossing in Sawley
- North Erewash level crossing in Long Eaton
- Long Eaton Town level crossing in Long Eaton
- Lockington level crossing in Lockington-Hemington
- Motorway level crossing– Lockington-Hemington
- Hemington Lane level crossing in Lockington-Hemington
- Swarkestone Sports Field level crossing in Swarkestone
Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director at Network Rail, said:
“We’d like to remind level crossing users to stay vigilant when using a level crossing and to allow additional time for their journey if they are a regular user of an affected level crossing.
“They may have to wait for longer than usual at level crossings in the area, and, whilst we understand this can be frustrating, we can’t stress enough the importance of following all of the safety and warning signs, as level crossings are there to keep you safe.
“We’d like to thank level crossing users for their patience whilst we carry out the biggest upgrade to the railway in Derby since the Victorian era.”
The Derby Resignalling project will also see Spondon level crossing upgraded and new technology installed. Once completed, users will benefit from reduced waiting times, a shorter crossing and an improved road alignment and pavement.
To allow the work to take place, Spondon level crossing will be closed to motorists from Saturday, 14 July until Monday, 8 October with a clearly signposted diversionary route in place. The pedestrian footbridge will remain open throughout the work and local arrangements will be made to escort people with reduced mobility who are unable to use the footbridge across.