Plumpton Lane should be re-opened to through traffic in the New Year - but the reprieve could be only temporary.
Members of Plumpton Parish Council’s committee met on November 19 and agreed unanimously to support Network Rail’s application to install new barriers on a strictly temporary basis. This will be decided by Lewes District Council (LDC) officers under delegated powers and will mean that in the short-term the road could be opened.
But the company’s separate application to install them permanently was not supported. This will be decided by LDC’s planning committee in the New Year.
When parish councillors met Network Rail engineers on November 3 they were shown the old crossing gate workings and the new signalling system.
Network Rail explained the old mechanism is not only very fragile but it lacks any back-up safety mechanism should any part of it fail, and there is no contractor willing to repair it for continued use because of issues of liability.
The Parish Council is pleased that Network Rail no longer plans to clad the redundant signal box with steel shuttering and they will retain it as a working building.
There is a free taxi service for people with disabilities who cannot use the pedestrian crossing over the railway while the gates are closed. Anyone who will need the service should contact Dawn Reynolds on: 07739 778472, iedeally with two working days notice.
Plumpton Racecourse has offered free car parking ear the western end of the station for Plumpton residents arriving from south of the railway crossing.
Bus service 166 cannot run to its normal timetable so through journeys to and from Haywards Heath will serve north of the line and a shuttle service will run between Lewes and Plumpton College at standard times.
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