Wednesday 25 January 2023

AN ONGOING protest about the closure of a Woodmansey railway crossing without consultation has won support from local MP Graham Stuart. Network Rail closed the unmanned England Springs pedestrian crossing last month, citing dangers to those who use it due to construction works nearby potentially distracting those using it.

The crossing had been used by more than 100 people every day and its closure was in contravention of National Rail’s Level Crossing closure strategy, which states that a consultation must take place. It sparked an outcry from local people, particularly on social media.

Mr Stuart told Beverley FM: “Yorkshire used to be a byword for common sense – but I don’t see much of it going on at England Springs at the moment. This crossing shouldn’t have been closed without notice, and this crossing shouldn’t be closed indefinitely. He continued: “I’m working with campaigners, Minster and Woodmansey ward councillors, Network Rail and East Riding Council to make sure people can cross this route as before as quickly as possible,” and has invited people to contact him with their views.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Network Rail have revealed that their preferred option for the crossing is to build a bridge,  which has reportedly been approved by the council at a cost of £10 million. 

EAST RIDING councillors approved plans for a new hangar, toilets and showers at Linley Hill Airfield at Leven. Planning officers had recommended the plans be refused due to the flooding risk they posed to the village. However, the planning committee granted permission after a “refuge place” was added to plans.