Network Rail crosses residents

Forth Park residents are objecting to Network Rail’s proposed new Cornton crossing.
The proposals would see the replacement of the existing level crossing with a pedestrian footbridge.
But residents say that the closure of the crossing will cut them off from their local community, affect bus routes and potentially endanger children, who may be tempted to take short cuts over the river.
Environmentalists have also expressed concern with regards to the potential risk of flooding, which is already a problem in the area.
Bill Glencross has lived in the Forth Park development for 15 years.
He canvassed the neighbourhood for opinion and said:
“The neighbours I spoke to were passionately against the crossing closure.
“We knocked on 85 doors and got 74 replies within 9 days, which is a fairly phenomenal response.”
“92% of respondents are in favour of the existing crossing staying open.”
Mr. Glencross reported that those who said they would accept a pedestrian bridge did so because they feared they would otherwise lose access to the village of Bridge of Allan altogether.
The survey findings concluded that the majority of residents favour the upgrade of the existing crossing to one with four barriers, rather than two.
Network Rail says that the level crossing is being removed for safety reasons.
Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance (which includes Network Rail), said:
“The closure will eliminate Scotland’s single biggest level crossing safety risk at a stroke.
“The location has been the site of dozens of near misses and misuse reports for several years and we see this crossing as a priority for our level crossing closure programme.”
Network Rail’s programme development manager, Lesley Anne Cain, confirmed that approximately 500 crossings in Scotland were to be closed as part of the rollout.
She accepted that the Cornton closure was “a unique situation”, in that it is the only one that will result in the separation of a community, to which
Mr. Glencross countered:
“I think that a unique situation needs a unique solution.”
Network Rail’s planning application will be submitted to Stirling Council in early December 2016

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