Traffic snarl up fear over train upgrade plans

Bow Brickhill level crossing

Bow Brickhill level crossing

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Residents close to level crossings are concerned that more trains being planned as part of a major rail project will bring their communities to a standstill.

From March 2019 there will be two more trains per hour – up to one every 15 minutes – as part of a project to link Oxford with Bedford via Aspley Guise, Bow Brickhill and Woburn Sands.

The issue for concerned residents, who did not wish to be named, is that if level crossings are in operation more often, traffic will be bought to a standstill – forcing a huge detour.

The project team at Network Rail say no decisions have been taken to close crossings.

Last week, traffic surveys were conducted to identify how they can be “made safer” when the semi-fast East West Rail service is built.

Public meetings are being held on potential options for the crossings on Thursday, June 25, 6.30-9.30pm at Bow Brickhill Village Hall and Friday, June 26 4-8pm, at Woburn Sands Summerlin Centre.