An MP has promised to intervene in a row about a rail level crossing in Kirklees.
Jo Cox, the Labour MP for Batley, is concerned over plans by Network Rail to close the railway signal box at Howley Street, Batley.
That could mean an end to the adjacent level crossing, which is well used by local people to cross the railway line.
More than 60 residents attended a meeting hosted by the MP to raise their concerns and comments and she is now to discuss plans further with Network Rail.
Mrs Cox arranged the consultation following a meeting with Network Rail in Parliament where she raised residents’ concerns.
The Batley & Spen MP said: “This was a very productive meeting and very well attended. Network Rail had the chance to outline their plans and thoughts and residents were able to feedback their concerns, comments and their hopes as the scheme moves forward.
“It is quite clear to me that the crossing is well used although opinion is divided on what exactly should happen there going forward. Nevertheless, residents made some very good and well reasoned arguments that I am confident Network Rail will take on board.”
Residents questioned the reasoning for removing the level crossing and whether it could be maintained with an automated system.
One suggestion is to erect a footbridge in place of the crossing. Residents raised concerns about the design, scale and location of such a bridge and whether it would accommodate horse riders, who at present use the level crossing a great deal.
There were also concerns about loss of access for emergency vehicles, the usage and monitoring data being used by Network Rail and the potential for inconvenience for those seeking to cross between Upper Batley and Soothill.
Mrs Cox added: “I will raise all the issues in writing with Network Rail as well as a series of other questions and concerns that arose. I look forward to organising further meetings to discuss this again.”
Simon Lewis from Network Rail, said safety and reducing risk was a driving factor in their thinking.
He said he would feedback all the concerns and comments raised and pledged to hold a follow up meeting to discuss the proposals further.