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Save Our Crossing! Keep Cottonmill Railway Crossing open for public use

We the undersigned petition the County Council to Work with local residents to stop the much used Cottonmill Railway crossing from being closed and instead require Network Rail to put in place all possible and appropriate safety measures and procedures including flashing lights and self-locking gates and ensure that train drivers use their horns as promised. Help to ensure that Network Rail explore all possible safety procedures in order to fulfil their own obligations. This route predates the construction of the railway and continues to be a vital link for local residents to access schools, shops and businesses. It is also part of the heavily promoted the Green Ring route around the centre of St Albans, used by thousands of cyclists and walkers each week. This Public Right of Way MUST be maintained whilst being kept safe for all users.


At least 1000 people are using this crossing on average every day. If Network Rail succeeded in closing this crossing, there are major negative impacts as follows:-

1) It will cut the Sopwell community in two.

2) It will force pedestrians and other users to use alternative unsafe routes in order to reach their destinations (e.g. Cottonmill Lane/ Prospect Road).

Many residents avoid Cottonmill Lane because it is a fast road and at various points has limited pedestrian side walks.

3) It will add 30-40 minutes walking time for those accessing many local schools and shops (on potentially unsafe roads – see point 2 above)

4) This will inevitably put more cars on the road in an already congested city.

5) Those who don't drive and who are not able to do long walks will lose this vital link and be severely disadvantaged as a result. Sopwell is already identified as the St Albans ward with the highest number of non-car owning households.

6) The elderly and parents with young children are hugely reliant on this route to get to the local shops and will be massively disadvantaged by the closure of this crossing.

7) School children are reliant on using this crossing to safely get to and from school every day.
Many cycle to school and would have no choice but to cycle on main roads such as Cottonmill which are far less suitable and unsafe (see Point 2).


This ePetition ran from 06/08/2018 to 31/10/2018 and has now finished.

1508 people signed this ePetition.