Whittington Level Crossing Upgrade Work

Information from Network Rail

Overview of the work

As the current level crossing surface is life expired, we plan to replace the crossing with a much harder wearing rubber material which will reduce noise when traffic passes over it and will be easier for cyclists to cross.

Dates and times of the work

From 22.30 on Friday 30th August until 07:30 on Monday 9th September, the road at Whittington Level Crossing will be fully closed to road vehicles whilst we undertake this essential work. However, we will only be working at the crossing when trains aren’t running.

·         Preparation work

This will take place overnight on Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August. Materials and machinery will be transported from Gobowen Yard, adjacent to Gobowen Station, down to Whittington Level Crossing.

·         Core work

This will take place:

Ø  from 23.55 on Saturday 31st August until 05:15 on Monday 2nd September

Ø  each night from Monday 2nd September to Friday 6th September (inclusive)

Ø  from 23.55 on Saturday 7th September until 05.15 on Monday 9th September

To carry out this essential work safely and effectively, we need to keep the road closed for the full nine days. Pedestrian access will be maintained across the level crossing when we are not actively working on it. 

We have developed a diversionary route in conjunction with Shropshire Council which will divert traffic via the B5009 south to Wootton. The route will be fully signposted throughout the road closure. We understand that closing the road for this length of time is inconvenient and we would like to thank the local community in advance for bearing with us during this time. Our advice to road users is to plan ahead and allow additional time for travelling.

Changes to rail services

On Sunday 1st September and Sunday 8th September, we need unrestricted access to the level crossing. During this time trains will not be running between Shrewsbury and Wrexham and there will be a rail replacement bus service in operation between the two stations. We advise all passengers to check www.nationalrail.co.uk before travelling.

Further information

I would like to invite you to a drop-in event we are holding on Tuesday 30th July between 3pm and 7pm in The Senior Citizens Hall, Whittington, Oswestry, SY11 4BW. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions – no appointment is necessary. I hope to see you there.

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