Residents of two Doncaster villages fear they will be ‘totally isolated’ if proposals to close busy rail crossings get the go-ahead.
News of Network Rail’s plans for the East Coast Main Line, revealed in a letter to local authorities, have caused consternation for people living in Rossington and Arksey.
It is too early to say if the crossings would be closed completely or if alternative ways of crossing the London-Edinburgh tracks would be created, such as a bridge or tunnel.
Rossington Parish Council has already expressed its opposition to the proposals, fearing it will divide the population.
Council chair Richard Cooper-Holmes said: “If this crossing closes it’ll split the village in two.
“We as a parish council have spent the last three years trying to get both sides of the railway line to be one and it has been gradually working.
“This would crucify one side of the village and would cause severe damage to the local economy and shops. I am really concerned.”
Arksey postmaster Mark Hopson said: “Residents need access to Bentley for work and services including doctors, chemists, emergency services and a bus route to Doncaster. Arksey suffers from regular flooding on the back roads into Barnby Dun and, if this was to be our only access, we feel the village could be totally isolated at these times.”
A Network Rail spokesman said: “We have a project which is carrying out feasibility work into the possibility of removing level crossings from the southern part of the ECML. This project will involve close liaison with local authorities and communities about how this can be achieved, which may range from closure to diverting rights of way or provision of bridges or underpasses.”