Graham Stuart MP has backed calls to re-open the England Springs Level Crossing, closed last month without prior notice.
Network Rail has closed the popular pedestrian crossing, used by over a hundred people on an average day.
Minster and Woodmansey Councillors Kerri Harold and David Elvidge have been working tirelessly to communicate to East Riding Council and beyond the views of residents upset at the closure, including arranging a meeting with Network Rail to challenge the decision.
Graham is asking residents to fill in his survey to let him know how they use the crossing.
Graham, alongside Sue Crowther and members of the Open England Springs Rail Crossing Facebook group, favours the installation of traffic lights with sound to allow people to cross safely.
Network Rail, in response to a letter from Graham, has stated that the crossing, which is on a straight stretch of track and with only a gate to control pedestrians, is too dangerous due to construction works nearby potentially distracting pedestrian crossers.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Network Rail have revealed that their preferred option for the crossing is to build a bridge, which has reportedly been approved by the Council at a cost of £10 million.
The closure of the crossing, without notice, was in contravention of National Rail’s Level Crossing closure strategy, which states that a consultation must take place.
Commenting, Graham Stuart MP said, “Yorkshire used to be a byword for common sense – but I don’t see much of it going on at England Springs at the moment.
“This crossing shouldn’t have been closed without notice, and this crossing shouldn’t be closed indefinitely.
“I’m working with campaigners, Minster and Woodmansey Ward Councillors, Network Rail and East Riding Council to make sure people can cross this route as before as quickly as possible.”
Sue Crowther of the Open England Springs Facebook Group said, “This is a nonsense, and only hurts people who are trying to get to work, take their kids to school or get to the shops.
“We can cross a crossing without being distracted by a building site – and so many people depend on this crossing for our daily routine.
“Please, if you use this crossing, join our group, fill in the MP’s survey and write to your councillors.”
Kerri Harold, Minster and Woodmansey Councillor said, “We are committed to thrashing out the best deal on the England Springs crossing.
“After our meeting with Network Rail, we need to make decisions as a council to ensure we get the best outcome for everyone in Minster and Woodmansey.”
Photo Credits: Sue Crowther / Open England Springs Facebook Group