Following the news that Elm Grove level crossing could be closed a private meeting was held last Monday between Network Rail and invited residents.
My understanding is that Network Rail is also looking to close the level crossing at Sandringham Avenue as well as the crossing at Elm Grove. The Sandringham Avenue crossing is popular as it gives access to Hoylake Allotments and is used by pedestrians and motorists (who have to use the phone provided to contact Merseyrail to check that it is okay to cross). The proposal from Network Rail is to close the two level crossings and construct a new footbridge over the railway line at [edit: Melrose Avenue]. Further it is proposed that a new road from the end of Proctor Road will allow access to the cottages in Harrington Avenue opposite Manor Road Station. Network Rail has said that the existing footbridge at the station cannot be used for public access because the station is closed during the night.
There are several parties affected by these proposals including:
- Harrington Avenue and Proctor Road residents
- Hoylake Rugby Club
- Holy Trinity School (who use playing fields over the line)
- Hoylake Allotments
Did you know that bin lorries don’t visit the Harrington Avenue properties? A van is used to collect household rubbish and recycling from the cottages.
I haven’t heard, but I wonder if the foot crossing that allows you to cross the line from the Cinder Path to get on to Meols Drive is also being considered for closure?
Anything to add/correct? Feel free to comment…