Most tracks crossed at a footpath crossing?

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Most tracks crossed at a footpath crossing?

Post by Nimbus » Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:35 pm

A Suffolk footpath level-crossing, now reduced to just one reversible line, once crossed nine tracks - two running lines and seven sidings. It also had a full-time crossing-keeper dedicated to pedestrian users, installed at the Coroner's request following a fatality in the 1870s. His hut was on rising ground with good visibility over the long length of the crossing and he used three flags to advise the public ( a three aspect lamp after dark ), after phone notification from the nearby Yard signal box. The crossing was nominally an Occupation road crossing, with additional pedestrian rights. The road and keeper were abolished in 1969, but the pedestrian crossing continues in high use. Is nine tracks the most ever crossed by a PUBLIC foot-crossing? Can anywhere trump that?

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Re: Most tracks crossed at a footpath crossing?

Post by manna » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:24 pm

G'Day Gents

I can't beat it, but Wood Green and Hornsey in North London, both had footbridges, open to the public, which crossed eight running lines, and no sidings.

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Re: Most tracks crossed at a footpath crossing?

Post by 65447 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:20 am

Network Rail undertook a survey last year of crossings throughout Suffolk with a substantial number proposed for closure, mainly historic crossings of the type described that were mandated under the Act of Parliament that permitted the original construction. Is this one at risk of full closure?

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Re: Most tracks crossed at a footpath crossing?

Post by StevieG » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:35 pm

manna wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:24 pm
G'Day Gents

I can't beat it, but Wood Green and Hornsey in North London, both had footbridges, open to the public, which crossed eight running lines, and no sidings.

manna
The bridge at Hornsey crossed several Reception lines into Ferme Park Up Yard and an Engine Line round to Hornsey Shed as well as the eight running lines, manna .
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Re: Most tracks crossed at a footpath crossing?

Post by manna » Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:22 am

StevieG wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:35 pm
manna wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:24 pm
G'Day Gents

I can't beat it, but Wood Green and Hornsey in North London, both had footbridges, open to the public, which crossed eight running lines, and no sidings.

manna
The bridge at Hornsey crossed several Reception lines into Ferme Park Up Yard and an Engine Line round to Hornsey Shed as well as the eight running lines, manna .
G'Day Gents

Forgot about the reception lines and engine line, reckon another 3-4 lines ?

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Re: Most tracks crossed at a footpath crossing?

Post by Nimbus » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:10 pm

A bit late replying to this. Yes, it is one of many NR wants to close - hundreds in East Anglia alone. It has had a full two-day public inquiry into the proposed closure so far, and a third is due on 1st May. It is interesting as it has disputed status and BR has treated it in an unusual way in the past. The GER wanted to close it in 1874, but it went missing from the Bill before becoming the Act. The fact that it crossed the land of a former Director of the railway may have had something to do with it!? All Automatic Half-Barrier crossings are now also considered to be unsafe and are to be closed or replaced by new road infrastructure projects at some point. Staggering. And staggeringly expensive for the tax-payer!

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