MAR 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Chaos Fears If City Crossing Closes
living near a Coventry level crossing that is due to be shut fear
traffic chaos and a poor service will result from the closure
unless Railtrack amends its proposals.
road at Canley station is to be closed and replaced by a foot and
cycle bridge under plans drawn up by Railtrack.
public inquiry into the scheme is to be held next month, and
people who would be affected by the closure met officers from
Coventry City Council to discuss their views.
70 residents attended a meeting last night at St Barbara's church
John McNicholas, cabinet member (Environmental Services) said
better measures were needed to cope with the traffic that would
spill onto other roads.
he criticised Railtrack for failing to discuss other options with
people in the city. He said:
overwhelming view to emerge from this meeting is that the city
council is very much on the right track in seeking to get the
best deal for residents from Railtrack at the forthcoming public
inquiry to respond to peoples' concerns and worries."
want to make it quite clear that we are not going to accept the
cheapest cost option and I am very disturbed about Railtrack's
continued refusal to bring forward any proposal even at the
seem to be working to a completely different timetable to anyone
was virtually unanimous opposition to any vehicular bridge, with
the best option felt to be the foot / cycle bridge.
support from residents was given to press Railtrack for the
to the design and location of a bridge
measures at junctions, to deal with traffic and assist
pedestrians, particularly crossing Kenilworth Road and A45
of subsidised bus services to ensure continued accessibility
to Earlsdon, Cannon Park and the city centre.
inquiry into Railtrack's proposals will begin at the Posthouse
Coventry, Hinckley Road, Walsgrave, on Tuesday 24 April and is
expected to continue until Wednesday 6 June.
[09 MAR 01] LEVEL CROSSING
CLOSURE PLANS TO BE DISCUSSED