Network Rail to consult on its Batley changes

Network Rail will consult residents about plans to close the level crossing and signal box at Howley Street in Batley.

Batley's signal box and level crossingThe level crossing and signal box will be decommissioned as part of safety and signalling works being carried out along the Huddersfield line.

A meeting, hosted by Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox, will take place on Saturday morning between Network Rail and local residents keen to air their views on the plans.

Mrs Cox said: “I’ve been working with residents, who are very keen to be heard about the plans, particularly about what will replace the level crossing.

“I’m delighted that Network Rail has agreed to my request to come and meet residents and talk directly to them about the proposals for what replaces the level crossing.”

Network Rail’s Denise Thompson said: “As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, we will be carrying out works to improve the railway between Bradford and Huddersfield and this presents us with the opportunity to close Lady Anne level crossing.

“We believe the most effective way of reducing risk associated at level crossings is to close them, and so we look for opportunities to do so within our programme of work and in conjunction with local authorities and other stakeholders.”

The signalling improvements along the line means the signal box will no longer be required.

The meeting will be at 11.30am at St Thomas the Apostle on Grosvenor Road.

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