Morecambe railway crossing to close for £30,000 upgrade

The railway crossing on Schola Green Lane will be closed next week.
The railway crossing on Schola Green Lane will be closed next week.
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A £30,000 upgrade of the Schola Green Lane railway crossing will get under way next week.

The work on the well-used footpath across the railway line in Morecambe is part of a national programme to improve safety at level crossings.

The crossing will be closed from 6am on Monday, January 11 until Tuesday, January 19. A diversion will be in place.

The work will include a wider deck across the railway, new fences and gates to make the crossing easier to use, and an improved approach to the crossing for better pushchair and wheelchair access.

A survey in 2015 revealed that an average of almost 1,000 pedestrians and cyclists used the crossing each day. The crossing is the only direct pedestrian route connecting the two sections of Schola Green Lane (which runs from York Bridge to the sewerage works) and is used to cross the Morecambe to Heysham railway line.

Network Rail has consulted with Lancaster City Council over the upgrade.

Terry Strickland, area director for Network Rail, said: “We’re committed to closing level crossings wherever we can and where this isn’t possible, we will carry out work to make them safer. The work has been carefully planned to be carried out as quickly and safely as possible. I’d like to thank local people for their patience while we complete these upgrades.”

For further information contact Network Rail’s national help line on 03457 114 141.