Have your say on proposals to close pedestrian railway crossings
Worcester residents are being invited to have their say on proposals to close two pedestrian railway crossings in the city because of concerns about safety and anti-social behaviour.
There are fears that people could be injured when they walk across the rail lines at the crossings at Brickfields Park and the Laugherne Brook Nature Reserve (known as the Kays crossing) unless action is taken.
The City Council is now proposing to issue Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to close the pedestrian crossings, and has launched a six-week public consultation at www.worcester.gov.uk/voiceit so that residents can give their views on the idea.
The results of the consultation will help the Council's Communities Committee to decide in November whether to go ahead with the proposed PSPOs.
Both crossings are footpaths across the railway lines, rather than level crossings for cars.
The Brickfields crossing links Brickfields Park to Astwood Road and has seen numerous incidents of stones being thrown at trains in the past. It was closed from 2017 to 2020 under a previous PSPO which has now expired.
The Kays crossing links Bromyard Road to Laugherne Brook Nature Reserve and is popular with schoolchildren. The visibility at the crossing is poor, making it difficult to see if trains are coming. Fencing has temporarily been put in place there, following several near-misses where people have almost been hit by a train. However, the fencing is now a regular target for vandalism.
Network Rail has asked for the crossings to be closed, because of concerns about safety at both sites. The power to take action lies with Worcester City Council.
Councillor James Stanley, Chair of Worcester City's Communities Committee, said: "There are strong arguments for issuing PSPOs to close these two railway crossings, to protect both local people and train passengers. It's important that residents have the chance to give their views on these proposals, so I would encourage them to voice their opinion at www.worcester.gov.uk/voiceit."
The deadline for completing the consultation is 30 August.