Residents from Aspley Guise and the surrounding villages including Woburn Sands, Ridgmont and Lidlington will have the opportunity to give their views on how railway crossing safety can be improved in their area by attending public consultation events on Wednesday 8 April and Friday 1 May, at Aspley Guise Village Hall.
As part of the East West Rail project, Network Rail is undertaking a study looking at how to make the railway safer for everyone to use, before new train services between Bedford and Oxford (and beyond) start operating.
The study covers public road and footpath crossings as well as private farm crossings in the area. The crossings being considered are those along the railway between Mill Lane and Berry Lane in Aspley Guise and Berry Lane and Brogborough.
Charles Hurst, Network Rail’s project manager for East West Rail, said: “Safety on and around the railway is a top priority for us. The East West Rail project will open up many new journey opportunities, but we want to make sure that railway is safe for everyone to use, which is why we are undertaking this study.
“So far, we have discussed our initial proposals with the local authority, landowners and ramblers, but we are keen to hear the wider community’s views. This event gives us the chance to share our initial plans with residents and invite them to give us the benefit of their local knowledge and experience.”
Details of the public consultation event are as follows:
Wednesday 8 April
for crossings between Mill Lane and Berry Lane
Friday 1 May
for crossings between Berry Lane and Brogborough
Time: Drop-in anytime between 4.00pm and 8.00pm
Location: Aspley Guise Village Hall, Spinney Lane, Aspley Guise, Milton Keynes Bedfordshire, MK17 8JT
For details of further public information evenings to review proposals for other crossings between Bedford and Bletchley, please see our March newsletter here.