There is an increasing trend for Network Rail, which operates our railway network on behalf of the government, to close level crossings, where road traffic and pedestrians cross railways, for both safety and efficiency reasons.
Bloxwich Level Crossing, off Station Street/Reeves Street, which provides direct access by road to the industrial estate and Beechdale Estate via Willenhall Lane, as well as the Walsall Mobile Libraries depot, is now being considered for closure.
There are clearly advantages and disadvantages to this, including access issues, traffic routing, safety and improvements needed as a result. Proposed improvements to the passenger rail service, including line electrification and faster journey times will also, it is said, be made easier by closing the level crossing. There is a need to publicly discuss all of these issues and more before a decision is reached.
Walsall Council has now launched a consultation process so that local residents, business and road users may be made aware of all the facts and may also contribute to the decision-making process by taking part in the consultation.
Readers of The Bloxwich Telegraph and others in Bloxwich and district are invited to take part in this process and find out more.
Full details, including explanations of the reasoning behind closure proposals and downloads, are available now on the Walsall Council website via the following link:
Bloxwich Level Crossing Closure Proposals
The Council is also holding two consultation events in August where they will be waiting to hear your views. They are at:
- Walsall Mobile Library Depot, Willenhall Lane, Bloxwich: Wednesday 15 August 2012 12pm – 4pm
- Bookmark Bloxwich (Bloxwich Library), Elmore Row, Bloxwich: Thursday 16 August 4pm – 8pm
If you cannot attend a consultation event you can give the Council your view in the following ways:
- completing the questionnaire downloadable from the page linked above and posting it to them (address below)
- calling 01922 654362
- emailing your views to firstname.lastname@example.org
- commenting via the Walsall Transport Facebook and Twitter pages. You can find this on Facebook by searching for ‘Walsall Transport’ or follow them on Twitter: @walsalltransprt
The deadline for consultation responses is Friday 7 September 2012