Julian speaks at Copmanthorpe Level Crossing inquiry
October 17, 2023
On behalf of constituents in Copmanthorpe and Bishopthorpe, Julian gave evidence at an inquiry into the potential closure of Copmanthorpe’s level crossing.
As part of the multimillion pound upgrades to the Transpennine route, trains will now travel at greater speeds resulting in quicker journey times for passengers. For this reason, Network Rail has deemed the level crossing at Copmanthorpe unsafe and not fit for the future.
Their proposed solution includes relocating the crossing and installing a stepped footbridge. While the relocation of the crossing may be necessary, Julian has received significant correspondence from residents objecting to a stepped footbridge as well as strong representations from the Parish Council and ward councillor Chris Steward. The inquiry concludes this week and has heard representations from Copmanthorpe Parish Council, City of York Council and York Disability Forum among others.
Outside the inquiry, Julian met the Minister of Rail, Huw Merriman MP, to raise concerns about Network Rail excluding residents with their choice of railway infrastructure and not using their budgets to make long term decisions.
Speaking after the inquiry, Julian said:
“Not only are the current proposals exclusionary but also incredibly short sighted. It is inevitable when an active travel route is commissioned between Bishopthorpe and Copmanthorpe that the bridge will be upgraded to a ramped bridge to allow for easier access for cyclists.
“Rather than save now and spend more later, Network Rail should install the necessary infrastructure first time. I await the outcome of the inquiry and will continue to work with stakeholders in the community to ensure the views of the villages are heard.”