Residents invited to learn more about plans to replace Wool footpath level crossing

Residents will have the opportunity to find out more about the proposed new stepped footbridge at Wool at a drop-in session on Tuesday September 15 at the D’Urberville Centre & Village Hall in Wareham.

Members of the Network Rail team will be on hand between 2pm and 8pm to answer questions and update residents on the proposed changes and how the project will affect the local area between. There is no need for local residents to book a place and all are welcome.

Network Rail is proposing to close the footpath level crossing at Wool and replace it with a stepped footbridge. The crossing has been identified as high risk owing to the number of trains that pass through it and the poor visibility for both trains and users at the crossing.

As part of this project, Network Rail consulted Wool Parish Council, Purbeck District Council and Dorset County Council to establish the best alternative for the current level crossing.

Andrew Latimer, Network Rail’s project manager, said:

“Every time a footpath or a road meets the railway, there is a risk and it is our aim to reduce this as much as we can. We have closed more than 900 level crossings in the last five years and we know the safest level crossing is a closed one.

“We believe the new footbridge offers the safest option for the community to cross the railway. We look forward to sharing our plans with the community and to answer any questions they may have.”