Network Rail in Q&A panel for “stranded” Saxilby residents

Saxilby Parish Council will be hosting two meetings for residents of West Bank, in Saxilby, to hear from Network Rail teams about plans for railway works at Christmas.

As previously reported, railway works to West Bank crossing in Saxilby will mean residents in the area are unable to drive in or out of the village between 7pm on December 20 and 6.30am on January 3.

Network Rail say that letters are being dispatched this week inviting residents to attend the meetings, which will be followed by a short briefing and Q&A sessions.

Network Rail held public meetings with residents of West Bank in February this year, and on November 2.

The further meetings will be held on Wednesday 27th November at Function Room, St. Andrews Community Centre, William Street, Saxilby, LN1 2LP. There will be two sessions: 2.30pm to 4pm, and 6pm to 7.30pm.

The work to the West Bank level crossing was originally scheduled for the summer but had been deferred as the route was being used for diversions.

Resident access, for the duration of the works, will be via a pedestrian step-free route. Either side of this route, a fleet of minibuses will transport residents, employees and visitors to a secure car park, or to their desired property.

The mini-bus service will be a 24 hour service, and the minibus facilities provide for wheelchairs, pushchairs etc on both sides of the ‘pedestrian’ section.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “We apologise to residents for the disruption and inconvenience, especially at this time of year. Our project team is making every effort to mitigate that disruption.”