The work to renew the Level Crossing with new machinery, new barriers and a new surface is now virtually completed and we are sure residents will appreciate the smart new look to the crossing. The reduced width of the crossing between the barriers is something we pressed for as it creates a shorter span for the elderly or infirm to cross and reduces the risk of them getting trapped between the falling gates. In addition, the mechanisms controlling the barriers are brand new and replace the ancient failing ones. These were 30+ years old and prehistoric in engineering terms with very limited availability to spare parts. It is hoped the new mechanisms will have good reliability for the years of service ahead.
The Residents' Association is very grateful to Network Rail and Kier for the way in which the work has been carried out with minimal disruption for residents. Yes, there were two weekend closures, but every effort was made to ensure residents were well briefed beforehand, and that emergency service vehicles were still able to cross whilst work was progressing. We are sure the new crossing and new machinery more than compensates for the small inconveniences.
Remember the junction to the north of the crossing is still to be treated as a "virtual roundabout" with the Give Way lines on both Overdale and Woodfield Road. The Residents' Association is continually pressing for the curved white line to be removed as this causes confusion. Whilst residents usually are aware of the unusual status of the junction, delivery drivers and visitors do not appreciate the system and this can cause some drivers to use hand signals that are definitely NOT in the Highway Code!.
There will still be the need for regular maintenance overnight closures and the next one is scheduled for September 2017 - follow the link for details.
We have also learned of new technology to be installed at Green Lane to improve safety. We only learned of this via the Leatherhead Advertiser and follow this link for more details.