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Network Rail have confirmed that there will be a delay of several months before they can start work on the level crossing at Ashtead station. Chris met representatives of the company on July 17th to discuss the problems. He said afterwards: “This is a very annoying development, though they have changed some of the switches on the crossing already, which seems to have improved reliability for now. The delay has been caused by problems completing other projects that were ahead of Ashtead in the queue.”

However in better news, plans to change the road layout on the other side of the crossing, which were criticised by local residents, have now been abandoned and the layout will remain as is.