A local residents' campaign to keep a level crossing open to the public in St Albans has won the backing of Hertfordshire County Council.
Residents claim that without the Cottonmill crossing over the railway line between St Albans and Watford, Sopwell village would be cut in two, forcing them to make a lengthy detour.
It has been estimated the crossing is used by more than 1,000 people a day - as a vital link to schools, work and shops.
The full council meeting was presented with a 1,508-signature petition and resident Janet Charles told councillors that closure of the crossing would be "devastating".
Backing a motion proposed by Liberal Democrat councillor Sandy Walkington, they agreed that closing the crossing would be "wholly disproportionate" and will now write to Network Rail, calling on them to halt any plans to close it and to install additional safety measures instead - such as warning lights.