Rail crossing to reopen this year

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A well-used footpath that crosses the railway line at Little Bowden could reopen by Christmas, Network Rail has revealed.

The footpath was abruptly closed in July, with Network Rail saying it presented “an unacceptably high level of risk to the public”.

The closure decision caused a row with Leicestershire County Council, who said at the time they saw no evidence of increased danger, and wanted the crossing “restored to use as soon as possible”.

Local county councillor Dr Sarah Hill called the closure “unacceptable”. And regular crossing user Bill Corrie accused Network Rail of “very high-handed behaviour”.

This week a Network Rail spokesperson told the Mail: “Since the closure of Little Bowden level crossing we have been working closely with Leicestershire County Council to find practical short and long term solutions to allow pedestrians to cross safely.

“While in the long term we aim to build a footbridge, we have been investigating the possibility of moving the strike-points on the track which are activated by the passing of trains.

“This will reduce the variation in waiting time at the crossing, which was the key reason for closing the crossing.”

The spokesman added that Network Rail hoped to have the work completed – and the crossing reopened – by Christmas.

“We would again like to thank the community in Little Bowden for their patience” the spokesman said. “We will provide a further update as soon as possible.”