TF1305 : Woodcroft Crossing near Helpston

taken 5 years ago, near to Etton, Peterborough, Great Britain

Woodcroft Crossing near Helpston
Woodcroft Crossing near Helpston
Woodcroft Crossing spans the East Coast Main Line (ECML) and the Peterborough to Leicester line. It has the unusual distinction of being the last remaining manned level crossing with manually operated gates (i.e., without automatic barriers) on any British main railway line.
A footbridge originally spanned the ECML but this was removed when the overhead power cables were installed. The metal rod underneath the tracks which previously opened both gates simultaneously broke many years ago and has never been replaced; consequently, the crossing keeper is now required to open the two gates individually.
The former crossing keeper's house from the days when the ECML was operated by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and later British Railways (BR) is located on the northern side of the crossing; it now appears to be a private residence. The cottage on the southern side of the crossing, also a private dwelling, was presumably also a crossing keeper's house from the era when the Peterborough to Leicester line was operated by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS).
As of July 2014, Network Rail had applied for permission to close the crossing in view of the minimal volume of traffic on Woodcroft Road, which leads to Marholm.
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Date Taken
Friday, 18 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Saturday, 9 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Railway Line (from Tags)
Level Crossing 
Railway (from Tags)
East Coast Main Line  East Coast Mainline 
Primary Subject of Photo
Railway Level Crossing 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 1388 0501 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.8544N 0:19.1297W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 1387 0500
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Level Crossing  Level Crossing Gates  East Coast Main Line  East Coast Mainline  ECML 

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