Chichester level crossing plan splits public opinion

CONTROVERSY The level crossing
CONTROVERSY The level crossing
Hampshire police and crime commissioner Michael Lane 

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PLANS for a footbridge over a notorious level crossing in Chichester are due to go before councillors.

The proposal for a bridge over the level crossing in Fishbourne Road East is set to be considered by Chichester District Council’s development control committee on Wednesday.

In their report, officers said they had received 59 letters of objection and 54 letters of support.

Fishbourne Parish Council wrote in support of the plans.

Objectors said there was no need for a bridge and it was unreasonable for cyclists to have to dismount or use a longer route.

Supporters said the current crossing was dangerous and cyclists should dismount.

Fishbourne Parish Council said it had been expressing concern about the crossing for at least 12 years.

Since 2001, there have been three fatalities on the crossing, two of which were recorded as suicides.

Network Rail said level crossings dated back to the original Victorian railways and can be dangerous in urban areas.