£1.1million level crossing improvement at Downham Market

Work has finished on improving the level crossing in Downham
Work has finished on improving the level crossing in Downham

A level crossing has re-opened after a £1.1 million project to improve safety.

Network Rail engineers have now finished working on the Railway Road level crossing in Downham.

The work was completed as part of the Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

Improvements to the crossing include the installation of new equipment which will bring down the barriers and set off the lights if a train overshoots the station.

This preventative solution provides an extra safety measure to protect pedestrians and vehicles using the crossing.

In addition to the extra safety measures, the barriers have been renewed and new markings have been painted on the road to create a yellow box to warn cars and lorries not to stop on the crossing.

To improve access, the fence line has been pulled back to widen the walkway for people with wheelchairs and buggies.

Route managing director for Anglia Richard Schofield is pleased with the new safety measures.

He said: “These improvements are an essential part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a safe, reliable and efficient railway.

“The extra safety measures have been installed to offer additional protection for pedestrians and motorists.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while we carried out the works to deliver a safer railway for Downham.”

The level crossing re-opened on Monday but works a few weeks ago closed the road and added to the misery seen in the town over the last six weeks.