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Network Rail’s Proposed Cornton Level Crossing Closure – Community Council Update

posted 18 Nov 2016, 05:12 by Communications TEAM   [ updated 18 Nov 2016, 05:17 ]

Network Rail has issued the attached press release (shown at the end of this text) in relation to the proposed closure of the Cornton Level Crossing. This has been part of an ongoing process which began in January when they presented the Community Council with their outline plans on the principle of closing the Cornton Crossing.

A consultation took place in June 2016 with more detailed plans being presented by Network Rail to both a public meeting in Bridge of Allan at the Allan Centre and to the residents of Forth Park at Wallace High School.

Network Rail has now produced a graphic (also attached) of the proposed new road bridge and a footbridge situated close to the current road crossing.

A planning application will be placed with Stirling Council in December 2016. The Community Council will publish a link to the application as soon as it is lodged. This will allow all members of the community to comment on the planning application.

Please visit our website for a guide to commenting on planning applications.

On behalf of Bridge of Allan Community Council
November 2016


FOOTBRIDGE ADDED TO CORNTON LEVEL CROSSING CLOSURE SCHEME

Network Rail will include designs for a ramped footbridge within its proposal to close Cornton Level Crossing when it submits a planning application to Stirling Council next month. The amendment to the design follows input from local residents and elected representatives.
The original proposal, which includes a new road bridge over the railway to connect Bridge of Allan and Cornton, will be supplemented by a fully accessible footbridge on the site of the closed level crossing. The additional structure has been included following representations from Forth Park residents who expressed concern about the added walking distance between Forth Park and Bridge of Allan
Network Rail indicated its intention to close Cornton level crossing earlier this year and began a public consultation exercise during the summer. The proposal will see both Cornton 1 (road) and Cornton 2 (pedestrian) level crossings closed and replaced by a new road bridge over the railway. 
The alignment of the new bridge presented an additional round trip walking route in excess of one mile for residents of Forth Park looking to make use of facilities in Bridge of Allan. The footbridge will reduce the added walking distance to less than 200metres.
Phil Verster, managing director, ScotRail Alliance said:
“The closure of Cornton 1 will eliminate Scotland’s single biggest level crossing safety risk at a stroke. The location has been the site of dozens of near misses and misuse reports for several years and we see this crossing as a priority for our level crossing closure programme.
“The proposed road bridge presents a significant safety improvement for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and train passengers, however, we recognised through our consultation process that Forth Park residents were likely to be significantly disadvantaged. 
“Following two public drop-in meetings and numerous meetings with elected representatives, we have agreed to add an all abilities pedestrian bridge to the scheme to reduce the adverse impact of the closure on Forth Park residents. While we recognise that the inclusion of a footbridge will not satisfy the concerns of all residents, we believe that is a fair compromise when considering the safety of the wider community as well as visitors to the area.
“I’d like to thank the communities of Cornton and Bridge of Allan for their participation in this consultation and look forward to submitting this improved scheme to Stirling Council for consideration.”
The revised planning application will be submitted to Stirling Council in early December 2016. Both crossings are expected to close in 2019 following completion of both the road and pedestrian bridges.
The added pedestrian bridge will be funded through savings made on other level crossing closure projects.
ENDS

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