Councillor calls for closure of Cross Hills level crossing

Councillor Graham Beck calls for Skipton Road and Kildwick level crossing to be closed to traffic

Councillor Graham Beck calls for Skipton Road and Kildwick level crossing to be closed to traffic

Councillor Graham Beck calls for Skipton Road and Kildwick level crossing to be closed to traffic

Councillor Graham Beck calls for Skipton Road, Cross Hills, and Kildwick Level Crossing to be closed to traffic

First published in News

A COUNCILLOR is calling for the closure of a railway crossing to ease traffic congestion in Cross Hills and Glusburn.

Coun Graham Beck (Ind), who represents the Glusburn ward, said: "The traffic is horrendous down there and that level crossing has an effect on traffic in Cross Hills and Glusburn.

"Local residents know the traffic congestion it causes," said Coun Beck."Traffic backs up there both ways, but coming from the village, you get traffic queueing all the way back past Glusburn School.

Coun Beck said he would like to see the level crossing permanently closed, stopping all traffic on the A6068 going through both ways.

"This ward is inundated with traffic and closing the crossing would have a positive influence on traffic flow," he said. "Simply shutting it would solve a lot of problems."

In addition to improving traffic flow, he said local roads would be spared from damage caused by the weight of heavy goods vehicles.

As HGVs are not allowed on Station Road, he said these vehicles would have to travel an additional six to seven minutes out of their way seeking alternative routes.

"If you close it that would stop all articulated lorries going through, and these roads were not built for them," said Coun Beck. "I'm sure local residents who live down there would be very supportive, as it would make life a little easier for them."

He said the level crossing can be down for 45 minutes out of the hour.

"The crossing is down too long and people end up waiting ages. If the rail authority would adjust signal times, it could cut the waiting times down to 30 minutes."

A former member of Glusburn and Cross Hills Parish Council, Coun Beck had suggested to close the crossing at previous meetings, but said his proposals were "batted down" because they were "not a favoured view by the majority".

A spokesman from North Yorkshire County Council highways said: “The county council is aware of this long-standing issue with traffic in and around Glusburn and Cross Hills and has considered a number of potential solutions in the past.

"The issues were discussed by the county council’s Craven Area Committee in December last year and following this, local member Coun Philip Barrett (Ind) is chairing a small working group to co-operate with Lancashire County Council to look at potential solutions to the traffic problems in South Craven.

“Similar solutions to those proposed by Coun Beck have been looked at in the past but are not without their problems.

"The county council and the working group, will, however be happy to look at Coun Beck's proposals should he wish to send them to us.

"It should however be noted that funding for highway improvements is limited with priority being given to highway maintenance – by the end of the decade the county council’s resources will have reduced by a third since 2010 at a time when the demand for services is continually rising.”

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2:24pm Thu 29 May 14

annoyed59 says...

Is he wrong in his head. I travel that route every day. Where is all the traffic going to go, Station road. Its too narrow for HGV's and busses in places unless traffic gives way on the opposite side of the road
Is he wrong in his head. I travel that route every day. Where is all the traffic going to go, Station road. Its too narrow for HGV's and busses in places unless traffic gives way on the opposite side of the road annoyed59
  • Score: 10

5:04pm Thu 29 May 14

Doc Daneeka says...

This councillor Beck is just barking mad. His prize suggestion would effectively strangle Cross Hills. Let him concentrate on getting Northern Rail to reduce their ludicrously over-safe down times. Canadian, American and the French TGV don't need the kind of die-in-your-car-wait
ing times that NR have in place.
This councillor Beck is just barking mad. His prize suggestion would effectively strangle Cross Hills. Let him concentrate on getting Northern Rail to reduce their ludicrously over-safe down times. Canadian, American and the French TGV don't need the kind of die-in-your-car-wait ing times that NR have in place. Doc Daneeka
  • Score: 11

6:55pm Thu 29 May 14

calmac says...

Access to hospital for everybody but especially emergency vehicles ?
Access to hospital for everybody but especially emergency vehicles ? calmac
  • Score: 3

5:22am Fri 30 May 14

coates warder says...

station rd is wide enough forhgv's as there is a industrial estate on there.and where does he expect hgv's to use another route only taking 6 mins extra .id like to know where it is .it must be the back roads because no other route would only take 6 mins. what a plum he is
station rd is wide enough forhgv's as there is a industrial estate on there.and where does he expect hgv's to use another route only taking 6 mins extra .id like to know where it is .it must be the back roads because no other route would only take 6 mins. what a plum he is coates warder
  • Score: 7

7:19am Fri 30 May 14

bctomuk2 says...

Eh? The congestion is caused when the crossing is closed for 10minutes to allow train to pass! How would closing it permanently make things better? Who voted for this wacko?
Eh? The congestion is caused when the crossing is closed for 10minutes to allow train to pass! How would closing it permanently make things better? Who voted for this wacko? bctomuk2
  • Score: 9

8:28am Fri 30 May 14

annoyed59 says...

a bus and/or a hgv can go up or down station road but the road bends near the bridge and they can't always get through without swinging into the other side of the road which means the traffic opposite has to stop to give way. Most heavy traffic uses the level crossing, so it would be forced up station road causing a huge bottleneck. The only answer is a road bridge or sort out the silly waiting times.
a bus and/or a hgv can go up or down station road but the road bends near the bridge and they can't always get through without swinging into the other side of the road which means the traffic opposite has to stop to give way. Most heavy traffic uses the level crossing, so it would be forced up station road causing a huge bottleneck. The only answer is a road bridge or sort out the silly waiting times. annoyed59
  • Score: 7

11:09am Fri 30 May 14

carrotmuseum says...

The ONLY solution is to create a new bridge east of the level crossing entering the dual carriageway earlier than the existing Kildwick roundabout.

Sadly that will never happen. The government and local councils are more concerned with Olympic games, World cup bids and Tour de France, any of which would have paid for a gold paved new bridge - WITH CHANGE and real tax paying communities feeling a real benefit.

Interesting that the council were quick to claim that the additional traffic caused by a further 60 houses built at the level crossing would not cause a problem.

We are stuck with it. The local council clearly has no power of influence to make a change.
The ONLY solution is to create a new bridge east of the level crossing entering the dual carriageway earlier than the existing Kildwick roundabout. Sadly that will never happen. The government and local councils are more concerned with Olympic games, World cup bids and Tour de France, any of which would have paid for a gold paved new bridge - WITH CHANGE and real tax paying communities feeling a real benefit. Interesting that the council were quick to claim that the additional traffic caused by a further 60 houses built at the level crossing would not cause a problem. We are stuck with it. The local council clearly has no power of influence to make a change. carrotmuseum
  • Score: 5

9:54pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Mart56 says...

If Station Road is a viable alternative why aren't more people using it now instead of queuing at the level crossing?
If Station Road is a viable alternative why aren't more people using it now instead of queuing at the level crossing? Mart56
  • Score: 1

6:47pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Ritchie6 says...

Mart56 wrote:
If Station Road is a viable alternative why aren't more people using it now instead of queuing at the level crossing?
As someone who used to work in this area I know from experience that very often Station road will be nose to tail right back to the main road roundabout because traffic in unable to turn right onto Crosshills main street. A mini roundabout might be of some benefit so that at least you could exit at the top of Station road. In truth the only real answer is extremely expensive and entails putting a bridge over the railway line as they did at Steeton.
[quote][p][bold]Mart56[/bold] wrote: If Station Road is a viable alternative why aren't more people using it now instead of queuing at the level crossing?[/p][/quote]As someone who used to work in this area I know from experience that very often Station road will be nose to tail right back to the main road roundabout because traffic in unable to turn right onto Crosshills main street. A mini roundabout might be of some benefit so that at least you could exit at the top of Station road. In truth the only real answer is extremely expensive and entails putting a bridge over the railway line as they did at Steeton. Ritchie6
  • Score: 1

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