Green light to rebuild Elsecar crossings

The Elsecar Heritage Railway has been given permission to reopen two level crossings which stand in the way of its plans to expand.

The original rails still in place in the road at Smithy Lane crossing. ANDREW LITTLEWOOD/EHR

On February 17, the Barnsley-based standard gauge line, which is built on a Great Central Railway trackbed, achieved road approval to reopen the crossings at Tingle Bridge Lane, Hemingfield and Smithy Lane, near Cortonwood.

Road approvals confirm the design for road traffic safety, including barriers, road markings and signs.

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, working with South Yorkshire Police, gave advice for the road safety scheme under the processes prescribed by the Office of Rail and Road regarding establishing rail/road level crossings.

This approval means that the reopening of the heritage railway line from Elsecar to Cortonwood takes a major step forward.

The road crossing approval brings the whole railway (currently effectively in three parts) closer to unification into a single two-mile heritage line.

Railway chairman Andy Earl said: “Gaining this critically important approval has been a long time coming and has involved a huge amount of very detailed work in traffic surveying, understanding traffic flows across the week, and within the day, and assessing the most appropriate traffic safety measures for the two level crossings.

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