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Next step in Shorne Parish Council's appeal against crossing closure

PUBLISHED: 16:09 28 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:09 28 August 2015

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Parishioners have been appealing for the crossing to be re-opened.

Shorne Parish Council has reportedly been informed by the Planning Inspectorate’s rights of way section that their appeal against Kent County Council’s decision not to ammend the definitive map to include the Shorne Mead level crossing has been allowed.

The crossing - from Queen’s Farm Road in Lower Shorne to Shorne Marshes - was closed by Network Rail in 2009.

They said that the crossing was dangerous because more trains were using the line and that “there have been numerous reports of the level crossing being misused by the public, and in some cases people narrowly avoiding being struck by a train.”

Shorne Parish Council has been appealing for the footpath to be re-opened.

Chairman Robin Theobald said: “We were very disappointed in February when the council’s application to Kent County Council for a definitive map modification order was turned down.

“The council appealed to the secretary of state and we are pleased our appeal has been allowed.

“There could still be a public enquiry and if there is, we will continue the fight on behalf of our residents.”

Read more:

Shorne parishioners dismayed after level crossing closure goes unchallenged

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