Network Rail ‘would strongly consider objecting to the development’ on safety grounds

Network Rail has reiterated safety concerns about increased usage at the Mortlake level crossing associated with the brewery site redevelopment. The rail company says it is “vital that the plans are integrated with railway infrastructure” and says it “would strongly consider objecting to the development” if concerns are not addressed.

In a letter to Zac Goldsmith MP, Network Rail’s Stewart Firth says that “the significant increase in residential units and a new school from the proposed development would increase usage of the crossing, especially by unaccompanied young people and other vulnerable users.”

He goes on to say: “Pedestrian usage is already near maximum capacity and any further increase would compromise safety in relation to user interaction.”

“To manage this risk, we believe the developer should fund the cost of integrating the development with railway infrastructure, and in particular the crossing. Richmond Borough Council would need to coordinate this.

“We are requesting a meeting with the developer to discuss our concerns and measures it could fund, such as a ramped footbridge. However, if our concerns are not addressed we would strongly consider objecting to the development through the planning process.”

Stewart Firth has met with MBCG members to discuss this issue and has given permission for his letter to Zac Goldsmith to be published.

Read the letter in full here