Portishead Level Crossing proposal opposed by ORR

One of the original options for Portishead Railway Station will be proceeded with after the ORR advised that in a letter to the council following the level crossing proposal it was minded ‘to not contemplate a level crossing at Quays Avenue.’

Update 10 March 2015

At the meeting on 17 March, our Executive will consider a report asking them to confirm the location for Portishead rail station as option 2B, on the corner of Quays Avenue and Harbour Road.

The recommendation follows extensive technical assessment of six station options, the public consultation we undertook in June /July 2014 on three shortlisted viable options and further assessment of the case for a level crossing at Quays Avenue.  Following consideration of the technical assessment, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) confirmed in a letter in early March ‘…to not contemplate a level crossing at Quays Avenue.’

The ORR’s reasons were that: there was no case for exceptional circumstances for a level crossing; there are viable non-level crossing options available; and there are significant traffic issues causing safety risks to the operation of the railway.  The ORR also had concerns about: the likelihood of pedestrians or vehicles blocking the level crossing is high; additional risks arising to pedestrians; and the likelihood of pedestrians jumping the barriers.  The ORR letter sets out 10 major concerns in respect of a level crossing at Quays Avenue.

A total of 407 people responded to the June/July 2014 consultation and made 1014 comments on the three station options.  The consultation results are summarised as follows:

  • Option 2A – 174 were either strongly in support or some support, 18 were neutral and 149 were slightly or strongly against
  • Option 2B – 213 were either strongly in support or some support, 13 were neutral and 86 were slightly or strongly against
  • Option 2C – 132 were either strongly in support or some support, 7 were neutral and 152 were slightly or strongly against

In relation to the specific question ‘On the basis that one of the three station locations is selected, would you use the station? Yes or No’, the response was 91% of people replied Yes.

To find out more about the case for a level crossing, download the ORR letter dated 2 March 2015 (pdf) and download the technical assessment of the case for a level crossing (pdf) submitted to the ORR in January 2015 by the project team

Source: North Somerset Council

 

 

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