This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Concerns and solutions for level crossings in Queen Adelaide'.


 
 
 
Network Rail  
 
Freedom of Information 
 
The Quadrant  
 
Elder Gate  
 
Milton Keynes  
  
MK9 1EN 
 
 
01908 782405 
 
E [Network Rail request email] 
 
 
 
 2 December 2015 
 
Dear Mr Moss-Eccardt, 
 
Information request   
Reference number: FOI2015/01105 
 
On 31st October 2015 you requested: 

 “There has been a lot of coverage for several years about the upgrade of  Ely North 
Junction. 
 
 In the last year there has been mention by local politicians and MPs of  challenges 
around level crossings in the area, particularly those in Queen  Adelaide (there are 
three in the village itself). 
 
 Please could you provide any correspondence, plans and emails that mention  these 
crossings and, particularly, what the problems are and any proposals  being 
considered.  Note you do not need to send the 'improving  connectivity' paper from 
last year.” 
 
On 3rd November 2015, you clarified: 
“In terms of time frame, anything from the beginning of this year (2015) will probably 
suffice. 
 
The following news articles may be of assistance: 
http://edp24.co.uk/1.4166910 
(where a Network Rail spokesman is said to mention 
closure) and http://www.elizabethtruss.com/news/candidates-press-improvements-
key-rail-crossing 
where SoS for DEFRA says Network Rail told her there were issues 
with the road crossing 
 
The Ely North upgrade is still in CP5 so the paperwork for that should mention the 
crossings 
 
The three road/rail crossings in question are the three on the B1382 in Queen 
Adelaide.  The middle one has featured in your safety campaign for university 
students and all three have enforcement cameras as they are in the top 20 most 

 
 
Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Registered Office: Network Rail, 2nd Floor, One Eversholt Street, London, NW1 2DN Registered in England and Wales No. 2904587 www.networkrail.co.uk 
 
 

dangerous crossings, apparently.  They are the three called 'Queen Adelaide' as a 
result of this search: 
http://www.networkrail.co.uk/transparency/level-crossings/ 
with postcode CB7 4UQ 
and a radius of one mile.  
 
I think they are 
Crossing 2529 
Crossing 2530 and 
Crossing 2531” 
 
We are considering your request under the Environmental Information Regulations 
2004 (EIRs).  
 
Section 7(1) of the EIRs 
 
Under regulation 7(1) of the EIRs a public authority may ‘extend the period of 20 
working days … to 40 working days if it reasonably believes that the complexity and 
volume of the information requested means that it is impracticable either to comply 
with the request within the earlier period or to make a decision to refuse to do so
.’ 
The Information Commissioner’s guidance makes it clear that a public authority 
should apply this section of the EIRs when ‘it reasonably believes it will require 
additional time to locate and provide the information because the requester has 
asked for a large amount of complex information and it would not be practical to 
provide the information or make a decision about whether to refuse the request within 
20 working days.
’ 
 
For further guidance as to the application of the EIRs, you may wish to consult the 
Information Commissioner’s website at:  
 
https://ico.org.uk/media/for-
organisations/documents/1641/guide_to_environmental_information_regulations.pdf 
 
 
In this instance owing to the amount of information which is potentially captured 
within the terms of your request it is necessary to extend the time in line with the 
provisions of regulation 7(1).  Accordingly, I will now aim to respond to you by 30th 
December 2015 
or sooner if possible. 
 
If you have any enquiries about this response, please contact me in the first instance 
at [Network Rail request email] or on 01908 782405.  Details of your appeal rights are 
below. 
 
Please remember to quote the reference number at the top of this letter in all future 
communications. 
 
Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Registered Office: Network Rail, 2nd Floor, One Eversholt Street, London, NW1 2DN Registered in England and Wales No. 2904587 www.networkrail.co.uk 
 

Yours sincerely 
 
Catherine Leach 
Information Officer 
 
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Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Registered Office: Network Rail, 2nd Floor, One Eversholt Street, London, NW1 2DN Registered in England and Wales No. 2904587 www.networkrail.co.uk