Plan to replace Sleaford level crossing with bridge

A level crossing could be replaced by a footbridge to boost safety after a new supermarket opens in Lincolnshire.

Network Rail wants to scrap the level crossing in Sleaford when a new Tesco is built.

But residents are opposing the move and say it will cut the town in two and make it more difficult to get to the town centre.

The proposal needs planning permission before work can begin on Grantham Road.

Tesco would pay for the footbridge as part of the supermarket development, but the project is not expected to be completed for another two years.

There are also plans for a new road bridge which will take traffic to the supermarket.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: "This is a particularly high volume level crossing and with volume comes risk.

"The main town is on one side and a lot of the residential area is on the other - and the level crossing is closed up to 48 times a day.

"People do not use them safely. One person … recently jumped over the barrier and ran to try to catch his train," he said.

The Sleaford town council opposes the closure of the crossing, and will discuss the issue again on Wednesday, town clerk Sheila McIntyre said.

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