The Anonymous Widower

A Very Bad Level Crossing Problem

I have a Google Alert for “Crossrail” and it picked up this article in This is London, which is entitled How Should This New Malden Level Crossing Be Redeveloped When Crossrail 2 Arrives?. This is said.

Residents are being invited to put forward their views on a New Malden level crossing that could be closed by the arrival of Crossrail 2.

Kingston’s Liberal Democrats are asking residents to come forward with suggestions of how to redevelop the Elm Road level crossing, with the party asking how nearby Dickerage Road and New Malden High Street could cope with the extra traffic.

Possible outcomes according to the party’s consultation could include building of bridge or closing the crossing all together.

To get a better feel, this is a Google Map of the crossing.

Elm Road Level Crossing

Elm Road Level Crossing


This map from shows the lines in the area.

Lines Around New Malden

Lines Around New Malden

Note the other level crossing North of Motspur Park station.

I believe that these maps, show that something must be done, as obviously there probably shouldn’t be any level crossings on a Crossrail route.

There are also other level crossings on the Crossrail 2 route, at or near these stations.

A quick look and my local knowledge of the crossings in the North, make me feel, that none is as difficult as the crossing near New Malden station.

I went to  New Malden station and walked to the crossing.

in some ways at eleven in the morning, the crossing wasn’t that busy. A lot of the traffic was on foot.

At the present time, in the off peak there are six trains an hour going through Norbiton station, to or from the New Malden direction, so this must mean that the barriers go down six times or four if the two trains to Norbiton cross at the level crossing.

Crossrail 2 will mean that the barriers will be down longer in each hour.

  • Crossrail’s Class 345 trains are two hundred metres long, so if Crossrail 2 uses the same trains, these will be longer than the current eight-car trains of a hundred and sixty metres.
  • Crossrail 2 will probably run at a higher frequency.

So something may have to be done.

As the number of pedestrians, buggy-pushers, runners and cyclists will increase,  I think that all solutions would accommodate a bridge or subway, for non-vehicular users.

It might even be possible to dig a shallow subway, with both steps and ramps, under the two tracks of the branch, as has been done at Brimsdown station.

The overall solution depends on how much traffic uses the level crossing.

But as there appears to be no industrial premises, that generate lots of truck traffic nearby, I wonder if the best solution for road traffic, is to keep the road crossing as it is. Perhaps with the addition of improved barriers, displays and warnings.

  • Building a bridge or a tunnel would be a very difficult and disruptive exercise.
  • A bridge would be very expensive, as it would have to go over the main line as well.
  • Still having a crossing would give access for the emergency services, even if they had to wait two or three minutes.
  • This would also mean that someone pushing a wheelchair or a heavy buggy could cross on the level, perhaps after a wait.

I’m sure that the solution to this level crossing will not be one that requires massive expenditure, as after a proper survey, engineers will probably come up with a simple, safe and affordable solution.





June 5, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] Crossrail 2’s biggest problem on this line is not the trains or stations, but the level crossing at New Malden, that I wrote about in A Very Bad Level Crossing Problem. […]

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