8th April 2022
The Level Crossing in The Hatches: An Update
Author: Graham O'Connell:
As many of you will know Network Rail have been considering what to do about the level crossing in The Hatches, Frimley Green where the bridleway leads down to Farnborough North station. At the station they plan to put in a small footbridge and lifts
(having changed their original plan to put in a large bridge with ramps which had caused an outcry in Farnborough). Now, without any prior consultation, they have come up with a plan to put in a large footbridge with ramps at the Frimley Green end.
As there is not enough room at the current crossing the proposal is to put in the bridge further along at the end of Spencer Close, see map to the right.
On 5th April, Network Rail unveiled these plans at a drop-in event at the Frimley Community Centre. You can see the
key illustrations below of the proposed footbridge at Spencer Close.
Some of the MFG&D Society Committee attended and a response (pdf) on the drop-in event has now been submitted
to Network Rail by the Society.
We have asked Network Rail to provide a link or email where residents can ask questions and give feedback but nothing has been forthcoming so far.
We will be pressing Network Rail hard to provide better information, to consult properly and to ensure the views of residents are given due weight. Whilst Network Rail have some strong legal rights in this area we are pretty steely campaigners
so watch this space for more news.
Update 27th April 2022 - Issues
From talking to residents there appear to be three big issues, you can read about them by clicking on
The Hatches Level Crossing Issues (pdf).
View of the Proposed Footbridge from Spencer Close
View of the Proposed Footbridge from South of Spencer Close
The Proposed Route from Spencer Close Bridge connecting to the Hatches Pathway