Lincoln's Ballast Hole level crossing to close after new footpath opens
Pedestrians wishing to cross the railway line at Ballast Hole, off Moorland Way, in Lincoln, now have a safer, alternative route after Network Rail engineers installed a new footpath.
A new footpath from Moorland running alongside the track behind Hadleigh Close and Ashworth Close to the Doddington Road level crossing has been installed following reports of a number of near-misses at the crossing.
A recent census at the crossing recorded 1,800 people using the crossing in a week, many of them cyclists and dogwalkers and 7.5 per cent of users were wearing or using mobile audible devices when they crossed the railway.
Phil Verster, route managing director of Network Rail, said: “We regularly receive reports of pedestrian misuse at Ballast Hole with people putting themselves in danger from trains travelling on the line.
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“ We are so concerned about the behaviour of crossing users here that we have opened an additional alternative path on our land and are encouraging all to use it.
“We continue to work with Lincolnshire County Council to seek permanent closure of the level crossing.”