West Bank crossing: Saxilby residents 'cut off' at Christmas

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Media captionResident Maggie Hilton said: "It is very inconvenient. It is just not acceptable"

Residents in a Lincolnshire village say they will be "marooned" for two weeks over Christmas as repairs are made to a level crossing on their road.

More than 50 people living along West Bank, Saxilby, will be unable to drive from their house out of the village during the work.

Instead they will have to walk to a 24 hour shuttle bus which will take them to their vehicles in the village.

Network Rail said measures had been taken to keep disruption to a minimum.

'Very inconvenient'

The crossing is being closed for "essential upgrading work" from 20 December until 3 January.

During this period the only way for residents living on West Bank to get out is to walk across a humpback bridge over the Fossdyke Navigation to the A57. From there a bus will take them to their cars in a temporary car park in the village.

Resident Maggie Hilton said: "It is very inconvenient. It is just not acceptable."

Joyce Wright, who also lives in the street, added: "It is rubbish because we have to walk 150 yards across a grassy footpath to get to the minibus. I use a stick and have had two total hip replacements, which are very good, but I can't walk very far.

"If it is raining, snowing or frosty, it is not going to be easy."

Rachel Lowe from Network Rail said a temporary access road had been considered but was not deemed as a "practical solution".

"We apologise to residents for the disruption and inconvenience, especially at this time of year," she said.

"It is not ideal. We wouldn't want to do it this way if we could avoid it but it is the only time we can schedule that work."

Ms Lowe said a project team had been liaising with emergency services, the council, supermarket delivery services and Royal Mail to minimise disruption.

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