Work to start in February on notorious Oulton Broad level crossing

The Rail Crossing at Oulton Broad Train Station, Lowestoft.

The Rail Crossing at Oulton Broad Train Station, Lowestoft. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Long-awaited improvements to reduce lengthy delays at a notorious level crossing have been brought forward after an MP expressed concerns over reported hold-ups to the vital work.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous.February 2014.Picture: James Bass

Waveney MP Peter Aldous.February 2014.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Network Rail had originally planned to upgrade the signalling at the Oulton Broad North level crossing in May next year, to cut the amount of time drivers have to wait at the safety barriers

But a letter from Network Rail and transport union the RMT suggested the work might not take place until 2018.

Concerned at the apparent delay, Waveney MP Peter Aldous wrote to transport minister Claire Perry, asking her to do all she could to ensure the work was completed as soon as possible.

'The station is located on a busy road and whenever the barriers are down there is a significant build-up of traffic,' he said.

'Not only is this congestion extremely frustrating for motorists, it leads to a loss of revenue for businesses and is a disincentive to attracting investment into the region.'

However, Network Rail has now confirmed work to amend the system will begin on February 16, with the improvements completed by October.

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Mr Aldous said: 'It is great news for Lowestoft and Oulton Broad that Network Rail has now decided to make this happen.

'With the barriers down for less time, the traffic will flow better, and hopefully have a significant impact on the area.

'This is something that many people have been campaigning on for some time.'

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