Important update- Cooksbridge Level crossing upgrade

Update – Cooksbridge Level Crossing Upgrade

As you may be aware from recent articles in Hamsey News, Network Rail are planning to upgrade the level crossing at Cooksbridge as part of their Lewes to Newhaven Re-signalling Project. The existing level crossing equipment, controlled from Lewes, was installed and commissioned in 1985 and is now life-expired and needs replacing.  Accordingly, Network Rail are planning to replace the existing installation with new level crossing equipment, with control transferred to the Three Bridges Regional Operating Centre, to be commissioned on 11 March 2019.

In advance of this a series of enabling works will be undertaken for the installation of a new Relocatable Equipment Building, a walking route, new fencing, new pedestals for the barrier machines, alterations to lighting and a new CCTV column and cameras. The majority of the civil engineering works will be undertaken between June and October 2018 utilising a combination of half road closures and night time full road closures, details of which will be provided by Network Rail in due course. To ensure engineering and safety compliance in preparation for commissioning, testing of the new level crossing equipment is planned to take place between November 2018 and March 2019. Hamsey Parish Council have asked for a detailed programme of the works from Network Rail, particularly with respect to planned road closures and any activities that may also impact on pedestrian access, and full details will be published for residents once confirmed.

To facilitate the construction of the concrete base for the new Relocatable Equipment Building, without the need for additional closures of the railway to allow safe access, Network Rail will be temporarily utilising an area of land either side of the footpath from the A275 to Malthouse Way for an eighteen week period commencing in mid-June 2018. The proposal is to securely fence off this area, allowing safe access of plant, materials and personnel for the construction works, with a temporary diversion of the footpath in place for this period.

Hamsey Parish Council is working closely with Network Rail to ensure that the impact of these necessary works on local residents is kept to a minimum.

Cllr. Robert Baughan

Vice Chair, Hamsey Parish Council    


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