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Home / Latest News / Hundreds oppose to closure of well-used Cardiff railway crossing

Hundreds oppose to closure of well-used Cardiff railway crossing

a well-used railway crossing which links two residential areas of Cardiff could be set to close if Network Rail decide to block the passageway.

More than 400 people have signed an online petition to keep open the crossing between Caedelyn Park and Pen y Dre in the Whitchurch area of the city.

As part of a Network Rail review of their crossings, the footpath in Whitchurch could be considered for closure.

‘Quite a walk’

Rhiwbina Conservative councillor Adrian Robson said: “This crossing has been flagged up and Network Rail are looking to close it.

“It is right on a residential street and the park is on the other side.

“Access to the park leads to Whitchurch or to Rhiwbina and a lot of people use it and it is useful for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

“It’s quite a walk to go to one end or another if there’s no crossing.”

‘Well used’

Coun Robson said there are no safety issues as there is a gate on each side of the railway and no accidents have been brought to his attention in the past.

He also said trains travel slowly through the area in comparison with some other areas.

Commenting on the petition, Martin Colclough wrote: “I use this pathway daily to visit friends and family.

“Whenever I am in this path there are always other persons using the route.

“It is a well-used route between Rhiwbina and Whitchurch for general public and school children.”

Concerns

Many parents said they use the crossing every day to take their children to school and to the park and others said the elderly would not be able to walk the long way round if the passage was no longer there.

Lisa Davies added: “I’m worried my children and others will jump the railway anyway to avoid going long way round.”

Coun Robson contacted Network Rail to express residents’ concerns and ask if a drop-in session could be arranged for people to voice their opinions.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “No decision has been taken in terms of the future of Whitchurch level crossing.

“We’ve organised a public drop-in session at the Rhiwbina Library on Friday, May 27 so that we can work with the local community and listen to their views.”

The drop-in session will take place from 3pm until 6pm.

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