If you often take a walk into Newmarket town centre and over the crossing, you will have to plan your route a little more carefully in future as Network Rail sets to follow through with plans to close the crossing.
The rail crossing has been assessed to reveal that it is actually one of the high-risk crossings that are currently used by pedestrians; therefore, as part of a nationwide campaign to promote safety, officials are closing the crossing to the general public.
There are no crossing lights at the junction despite it being a central route into town centre. This is, of course, a double-edged sword as locals were not consulted of the closure, and the closure is sure to affect some of you. That said, removing a potential tragedy and obvious danger from view and use could only be a positive move, with so many people ignoring the dangers in order to get home or to work in time.
You may see a difference in your routes within the Ramblers Association if you have crossed across the rail crossing in walks before.
The council committee meeting will be discussing the issue further next week, so if you are a keen walker or use the crossing on a regular basis, keep your eyes peeled for further announcements.
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