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Level crossings to be closed as part of safety plan

 
Created on 30/06/2017 @ 18:31
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Residents in near Newtown, Caersws and Carno are being invited to a community evening to learn about safety improvement work taking place on the Cambrian Railway line near Talerddig that includes closing level crossings and introducing two new “road over rail” bridges.
 

The drop-in session, which will take place at Carno Community Centre on July 5 between 4pm and 6pm, will give an update about a Network Rail and Powys County Council project taking place in the area.

Residents will have the chance to find out about progress on work to install two new road over rail bridges, allowing the closure of five user-worked crossings and three footpath crossings on the Cambrian Line in the Talerddig area.
 
“There are approximately 6,500 level crossings on the country’s rail network including around 1,100 in Wales and many on the Cambrian Line. When used correctly, they allow people to cross one of the world’s busiest railways safely, but sadly level crossings account for nearly half of all fatalities on the network,” said a spokesperson.
 
“Between 2009 and 2014 there were 28 deaths at level crossings across the GB rail network and there have been 275 incidents at level crossings in Wales and the borders in the past two years alone, including five collisions and 27 near misses.”
 
Rail and road regulators want to close level crossings wherever practicably possible and replace them with new road over rail bridges for local residents and other vehicles.
 
The event is open to anyone and further information can be obtained by emailing the project team on crwales@networkrail.co.uk

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