Public Consultation: – CLOSURE OF BRIDLEWAY CROSSING I20 at Barrow on Soar


This railway crossing has been closed from August 2008 to the present time due to safety concerns.  Network rail have applied to close the bridleway over the main line and objections have been lodged by user groups and others.

Network Rail have arranged a further public consultation (The first being on the 15th December 2008) to take place on TUESDAY, 7TH OCTOBER, 2014 from 3.00pm to 9.00pm. As part of this consultation event, a presentation and public meeting will be held at 7.30pm at The Methodist Church Hall, on North Street, Barrow-on-Soar, LE12 8QA

Your Association objected to the closure of the bridleway on the 6th September, 2013 in the following terms:-

This right of way was a very well used route for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.  It was used as a circular route from Barrow on Soar and used by residents.  More importantly this route provides access from East to West and vice versa, in particular allowing walkers to access the banks of river Soar having crossed the railway from the East. There is a need for this route to be open and the closure so far is hard to accept.  It is quite clear no short term resolution will be found to the problem here.  It is therefore urged upon the County Council not to grant any further temporary closure orders and insist on the route being opened once more. It is expected many objections will be made to this extinguishment application and it is unacceptable to wait for what will be many years before a determination of the application is made.

A recent inspection by KB in July indicated steel fencing had been erected, looking as though the crossing had been permanently closed.  Barrow upon Soar I 20 crossing There were no notices indicating only a temporary closure order was in force.  This was reported to the County Council who replied indicating public notices were displayed in a prominent position advising members of the public of the temporary closure.  LCC promised to inspect the route and have new notices put up.

May I urge members to attend the public consultation and meeting so that an indication of the strength of feeling against this closure can be demonstrated.