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Fed Up Council Threatens Injunction Against Network Rail Over Closure Of Milton Keynes Railway Crossing

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Milton Keynes Citizen.

This looks like the ultimate level crossing argument between a council and Network Rail.

In some ways it’s all a bit ironic, as Network Rail’s headquarters is in Milton Keynes.

This Google Map shows the disputed crossing in Woburn Sands.


  1. The railway is the Marston Vale Line.
  2. Woburn Sands station and a level crossing is at the Western edge of the map.
  3. Swallowfield Lower School is at the Eastern edge of the map.
  4. Cranfield Road runs along the Northern side of the railway.

The row is all about the closure of the foot crossing, that links Cranfield Road and the school.

I live on a road to a primary school. At school times, there is heavy traffic on the pavement, with a lot of younger children in buggies and others with scooters.

  • A lot of the younger children are probably not going to school, but are too young to be left at home, by themselves.
  • I also see a couple of children in wheel-chairs.

I suspect the traffic to Swallowfield Lower school will be similar.

  • A bridge over the railway with steps would not be an adequate solution.
  • A bridge with lifts would be expensive.
  • A bridge with ramps would probably be difficult to fit in the restricted site.
  • A shallow subway with a ramp either side would probably be the only acceptable and affordable solution.

This picture shows such a subway at Enfield Lock station.

Could one like this, be dug under the railway at Woburn Sands?

November 11, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , ,


  1. Interesting as in earlier articles the Flyover is being reinstated for the Varsity Line. Surely Network Rail has included a Subway in its costing and propectus for the new cross-country line. The number of trins will mean that frequently closed gates will force a solution very soon after opening the new line.

    Comment by jagracer | November 11, 2020 | Reply

    • It looks from Google Maps, that this crossing is a pedestrian-only one. Network Rail have been told to get rid of them in several places because of the number of suicides. But when they try to close them the locals and the council says no.

      It’s not just a British problem too!

      Comment by AnonW | November 11, 2020 | Reply

  2. This is farcical on a route that has a line speed of 60mph and hourly service. Even with EWR it will only be half hourly and line speed is being left at 60mph so hardly represents that high a risk. Why don’t they just fit miniature R/G lights. Footbridges today are enormous structures and if they are suitable for disabled people then the footprint is ridiculous – look at what they erected at Gomshall its a blot on the landscape.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | November 11, 2020 | Reply

    • I do think though, that Network Rail and their contractors have had a lot of success recently in tunnelling under working railways and that they need to devise methods for getting under rather than over the railway. Enfield Lock station subway may not be the most salubrious, but it works and it is safe.

      Comment by AnonW | November 11, 2020 | Reply

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