This weekend Tracy Brabin MP brought representatives of Network Rail to Batley to hear community concerns about the future of Lady Anne Crossing.

Lady Anne Crossing, which is used by over 100 people per day is currently at risk of closure due to the electrification of local rail services.

Tracy Brabin chaired the busy meeting, at St Thomas The Apostle, Batley which was attended by over 40 members of the public, showing clear public interest surrounding the crossing’s future.

The five representatives of Network Rail heard an array of public concerns, including complaints that the crossing had been closed to traffic with little prior notice, and if the same was to happen to the footpath, residents would be affected.

Network Rail tried to reassure residents, stating that there is no immediate risk to the crossing, but whatever upgrade happens to the Trans Pennine Route, the Lady Anne signal box will close at some point. Further, Network Rail plan to submit proposals to the Department of Transport in December with a decision expected in June 2018, with a public consultation to follow.

Commenting after chairing the meeting, Tracy Brabin said, “It’s important Network Rail heard what our community had to say about the future of Lady Anne Crossing, so I’m please we managed to get them to come and listen.

I’ve got to take my hat off the Hazel Middlehurst and Julie Oldroyd who have led from the front campaigning on this issue.

My, and most of the people who attended the meeting’s main concerns are public safety and convenience. I’m glad that there will no overnight changes and we’ll play our full part in the consultation, when it comes around.”

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