Rail User Group

Rail User Group

Five years on from the launching of the rail user group’s campaigning on this issue, the situation has actually worsened. The length of time in which the gates have been out of action, on both sides of the A10, is unprecedented – station side since March 2015, Barrington side since May. Once again we are awaiting new gates that function properly, but we don’t know when they will come. Meanwhile, pedestrians and cyclists face a dangerous environment.

4th July 2015: Letter to Network Rail

21st May 2015: Gates broken at Foxton level crossing for weeks need specialist parts before they can be fixed

23rd June 2015: More than 30 offences committed at Foxton Level Crossing in last year police reveal

20th August 2015: Time for Network Rail to step up to the mark and give answers about Foxton Level Crossing gate delays

9th July 2015: Open letter sent to Network Rail head calling for ‘appalling’ Foxton Level Crossing problem to be solved

7th May 2015: Safety work scrapped at ‘dangerous’ Foxton level crossing as Network Rail cites spiralling costs

12th July 2015: Anger at further delays to Foxton level crossing gate repair

14th August 2015: MP Heidi Allen calls for workers to man broken gates at Foxton station after repair work delayed

Earlier news:
The Feasibility Study for the prospective closure of Foxton Level Crossing has been published. There is more information on the Cambridgeshire County Council website:
http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/strategies/transportstudies/Foxton_level_crossing.htm

Network Rail are shortly to publish their feasibility study for the prospective closure of Foxton Level Crossing. The following document describes the background to this work and gives an idea of how any suggestions from this  will be taken forward:

http://meldrethsheprethfoxtonrail.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Foxton-Level-Crossing-Feasibility-Study.pdf (PDF document)

The following document describes the level crossing at Foxton. It covers the operation of the crossing, photographs of the various routes through the crossing, links to videos showing it operating, and possible risks:

http://meldrethsheprethfoxtonrail.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/foxton1.pdf (PDF document)

Note: Foxton Level crossing is a “full barrier” crossing where the barriers are closed two or three minutes in advance of the train arriving so the crossing can be checked to be clear before the railway signals are cleared to green. This type of crossing is used on busy roads where it is vital for safety to verify the crossing is clear. Other level crossings in the area are ‘Automatic Half Barriers’ where the barriers descend less than a minute before the train arrives; these are not checked to be clear so are only used on quieter roads. For more information look at the document about Shepreth crossing below.

The operation of the crossing is described in more detail, along with photographs inside Foxton Crossing Box and Cambridge Signal Box taken during Rail User Group visits in May and November 2012:

http://meldrethsheprethfoxtonrail.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Foxton_Crossing_Operation2.pdf

The Rail User Group has also published a “draft for discussion” document describing Foxton Crossing for road users.  It aims to record facts about the crossing to help further discussion rather than judging whether there are safety or economic reasons for making changes:
http://meldrethsheprethfoxtonrail.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Foxton-Level-Crossing-for-Road-Users_draft2.pdf

Shepreth “Automatic Half Barrier” Level Crossing is described here:

http://meldrethsheprethfoxtonrail.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Shepreth_Level_Crossing1.pdf (PDF)

A Training Film by Shepreth based company “Track Access Services Limited” about Automatic Level Crossings (0:30 to 3:05 covers Automatic Half Barrier crossings as used at Shepreth)
http://www.railnetchannel.tv/avc-view.aspx?videoid=5&categoryid=1

Level crossing incidents across Europe:
http://www.lxinfo.org/mar_12/euro.htm

There are a number of articles about Foxton Level Crossing on our ‘In the Press’ page:
http://meldrethsheprethfoxtonrail.org.uk/in-the-press/

Some posts on the Rail User Group Website:

Level Crossing Safety
http://meldrethsheprethfoxtonrail.org.uk/level-crossing-safety/

Foxton Level Crossing Pedestrian Gates Upgraded
http://meldrethsheprethfoxtonrail.org.uk/foxton-level-crossing-gates-upgraded/

Dave Ward from Network Rail responds to the issues at Foxton Crossing
http://meldrethsheprethfoxtonrail.org.uk/railusergroup/dave-ward-from-network-rail-responds-to-the-issues-at-foxton-crossing/

Letter from the Rail User Group to Dave Ward Anglia Route Manager for Network Rail  http://meldrethsheprethfoxtonrail.org.uk/foxton-level-crossing-letter-to-mr-ward/ (15/3/12)