NOTE: The Crossing closure scheduled for 20th to 23rd February has now been cancelled.
We have been advised that there will be overnight closures of the crossing taking place in March. Details are as follows:-
There will be four shifts of closures of Woodfield Lane, either side of Ashtead level crossing, to allow Network Rail to lift and inspect the rails through the crossing. This will take place between 00:30-05:00hrs each morning between the 06-09th March 2018 incl. Network Rail will put in place the same arrangements as has been done previously, as per below:
- Temporary arrangements (as used previously) will enable access for emergency vehicles.
- Ashtead station car park will be available to leave cars in overnight. Network Rail will provide a full security presence to watch over any vehicles, as the station is usually unmanned at night.
- Pedestrians and equestrians will be able to cross the line under escort from the site team if the station footbridge is unsuitable. Motorbikes/pedal cycles may be wheeled across under escort.
- A vehicle will be parked on the common side of the crossing to offer a lift to residents who live far from the crossing, are carrying luggage or are elderly residents requiring assistance.
Network Rail were unaware of the changes to Parking arrangements at the Station Car Park which is now a 24/7 ANPR system. We have pointed out that residents using the car park whilst the crossing closure prevents them getting home will be charged automatically by the system and may attract penalty charges if ignored.
Since being advised of the planned closures we have requested Network Rail liaise with GTR (Southern) to come to an arrangement which allows residents to park in the car park overnight without attracting a charge. We have written several times and chased both companies, so far without success. We will continue to press for an answer and let residents know as soon as we can what arrangements have been put in place. Councillors from both Mole Valley and Surrey are on the case, and we have now got Surrey Highways involved as well, plus have advised Chris Grayling of the impasse.
If nothing is forthcoming, it is tempting to suggest residents park in the station anyway and let Network Rail sort out the resultant mess, though this 'disobedience' is the choice residents must take themselves. Residents are the ones being inconvenienced by the closure and Network Rail is being singulaly inactive in reaching a compromise with GTR. As of 6th February Network Rail has still not made contact with GTR regarding this.