school bus route axed - walking route to Malbank through London Road level crossing in Nantwich

Network Rail chiefs have issued another warning to Nantwich residents and rail passengers over the temporary closure of the busy Newcastle Road level crossing in January.

The closure, according to Network Rail, is to allow a team of engineers to perform “essential renewal work” to the crossing.

It means that between Saturday January 5 and Monday January 14, the crossing will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles while teams replace the road surface and install a new rubber crossing.

There will be a signposted diversion in place for vehicles and a minibus service will run at peak times to help pedestrians from one side of the crossing to the other.

This service will run from Monday January 7 until Friday January 11 between 7.30am-9.30am and 3.30pm-7.30pm.

Trains will run over the crossing during week days, with rail replacement buses in operation between Shrewsbury and Crewe during the two weekends of the closure.

Sean Wootton, programme manager for Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “We thank the local community and passengers for their patience while we carry out essential renewal work to Newcastle Road level crossing.

“We have been working closely with train operators and Cheshire East Council to minimise disruption.

“The work will make the crossing safer and more resistant to extreme weather conditions and will result in less temporary closures in the future, as less maintenance work will be required.

“Our lineside neighbours will also benefit from a quieter environment from both vehicles and trains passing over the crossing.”

Passengers travelling between Shrewsbury and Crewe on January 5 & 6 and 12 & 13 are advised to check journeys with

For more information, call the 24-Hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or email [email protected]


  1. The barriers themselves aren’t dangerous; its the attitude of the motorists that don’t heed the clear signals that are the problem.

    • Half barriers ARE dangerous, it allows idiots to drive passed them. So by rights it should be a full barrier end of.

  2. I don’t suppose all this work will include full road crossing barriers. These half halt barriers are dangerous and not fit for purpose.

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