Rossington rail bridge plan on hold

An aerial view of the FARRRs development.
An aerial view of the FARRRs development.

Controversial plans to close a level crossing and build a bridge over a railway line have been put on hold following mass opposition.

Network Rail revealed plans to shut the crossing at West End Lane, Rossington, and build a 30ft high road and footbridge over the line.

The plans were initially supported by some residents but railways bosses have now agreed to put their plans on hold after more than 800 people signed a petition against the scheme.

Protesters claimed the bridge would case a huge shadow over their homes.

They also called on railway bosses to scrap the plan as another railway bridge is already being built less than a mile down the road as part of the Finningley And Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS). Railway bosses have now agreed to defer their decision until after the FARRRS road is completed. The firm will then assess the impact on the road network and enter into a public consultation to determine wether there is a need for a second railway bridge.

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said: “Network Rail has listened to public opinion in Rossington, which has generated strong views for and against.”

Network Rail wants to close level crossings on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between London and Doncaster to reduce the risk of accidents on the line and to improve journey times for passengers and motorists. A spokesman said the firm still believes “there is a need” for a second railway bridge, but there is a “window of opportunity to review this need.”

The FARRRS road is due to open later this year. The assessment and public consultation would follow in 2016 and if plans for a second bridge are agreed work would start in spring 2019.