That Foxton crossing revisited
Before Christmas I attended a meeting with Network Rail at Westminster chaired by our MP Heidi Allen. This was a prelude to the public exhibition of the proposals at the village hall (see my blog entry earlier). At the first meeting with Heidi we went through a couple of local access projects that villages round here had hoped to hear progress on, including the proposals regarding the Foxton crossing.
Having spoken to people in Foxton since then, it is clear that the Network Rail proposals - which had been pretty detailed in their working up - had at least two flaws: significant detouring required for people on foot and on bikes approaching one way, and more importantly, a general view that once the work was done, it would be difficult to engage with NR on the wider issue of the traffic problems caused by the crossing and the timings of the barriers coming down.
Now given these views, the immediate work, which would have been funded by the NR crossing safety fund, is now withdrawn, from a letter from NR I received last week.
The wider issue of infrastructure deficit remains. The Foxton crossing is an anachronism given the economic growth along the A10 corridor. A road bridge would cost £20m, and that sort of funding will require Devolution money, plus City Deal money, plus government pressure on NR to engage.