Level Crossing Maintenance Closure - Update

The local paper contains the following information:-

SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of Woodfieid Lane (D2613), Ashtead that is crossed by the level crossing and for a distance of 10 metres either side. The Temporary Traffic Order is required to enable Network Rail/ Centurion to carry out inspections and/or maintenance works.

These works are anticipated to be carried out within 1 night of the 3 month period of operation of the Temporary Order which commences on 02 May 2019; between the hours of 00.30 to 05.30.

Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. There is no alternative route for traffic however access to emergency services, residents, businesses, pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians will be maintained at all times.

Unfortunately on this occasion Centurion have not advised the Residents' Association directly and re-assured us that there will be a vehicle on the north side of the Crossing to ferry elderly or disabled residents to and from their homes. We have sent an urgent enquiry as to why this previously excellent communication has broken down, and questioned why the crossing is to be closed at 11.45pm when the last train doesn't go through Ashtead until 00.23? As a result of this the closure time has been moved to 00.30 on 2nd May.

Centurion have passed our query back to Network Rail as it appears the previous arrangements have been forgotten in the change of personnel. Until such time as Network Rail re-establish these arrangements, Surrey Highways have refused their permit to work.