Cambridgeshire Ramblers are celebrating after saving five important level crossing public rights of way from closure.
Network Rail applied for the closure of 25 public crossings across Cambridgeshire, in a draft order under the Transport and Works Act 1992. A public inquiry has now found in favour of keeping a number of the routes open after members of the public and organisations – including the Ramblers and Cambridgeshire County Council – objected to the closures.
Although the Ramblers found some of the proposals acceptable, five were not and their closure would have had a detrimental impact on walkers and the local community.
At the public inquiry – held in autumn 2017 and spring 2018 over 22 days – the Ramblers argued against the closures for a number of reasons including concerns over walker safety and the negative impact the proposals would have on disabled people.
The five routes that were saved were Footpath number 4, Harston; Byway 33 Downham at Furlong Drove Crossing; Leonards Crossing, Soham; Clayway Crossing, Littleport; and Byway 30 at Willow Row, Littleport.
More details are available at the Ramblers Association website – www.ramblers.org.uk.