Could it be curtains (or an 8 foot steel fence) for one of London’s last remaining foot crossings near Westcombe Park station?
A letter has been sent to local residents advising them of upgrade work in the area. The letter suggests this will then result in freight trains waiting closer to the main lines when exiting the Angerstein branch line and thus the crossing will close.
It’s a real quirk in London – especially with contemporary safety culture – and losing it would be a real shame. It’s also handy for pedestrians heading to and from Westcombe Park station – including the hundreds who will be moving to 341 new flats on Victoria Way now under construction.
Work covering a week long period will reconfigure track and signalling from the 13th April to the 21st. In Network Rail’s words that means pedestrians are more likely to come into contact with trains. Yet trains move at just 5 mph, there’s barely any of them and staff act as lookouts.
This video by Geoff Marshall shows what happens when a train arrives.
Network Rail are proposing to demolish the concrete steps, install security palisade fencing and signage.