'Dark and dangerous' tunnel could be pedestrians' only option - The Rugby Observer

'Dark and dangerous' tunnel could be pedestrians' only option

Rugby Editorial 6th Aug, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

CONCERN that pedestrians could lose an alternative to a dark, flood-prone tunnel has been raised by Labour’s parliamentary candidate.

Virgin Trains plans to build new barriers to make Rugby Rail Station accessible only to ticket holders, meaning pedestrians may no longer be able to use the station to avoid the notorious Mill Road tunnel.

And Coun Claire Edwards, who says the tunnel is “dark and dangerous”, will meet with Virgin to voice her concerns.

She said: “The Mill Road tunnel has long been a subject of concern for many residents.

“The tunnel only allows single lane access and we know there can be horrendous delays when the number four bus tries to get through.

“For pedestrians there is only one footpath and it is narrow, dark and dirty in the tunnel – lots of people avoid it whenever they can, especially when it has rained as it is very prone to flooding.”

She added that she believed Virgin’s plans could lead to accidents.

“Lots of residents north of the railway line need to get to the town centre this way – not least to get to shops and schools and the new medical centre.

“The only alternative would be a long walk along Technology Drive and crossing the railway line via the Black Path footpath – which adds a good 15 minutes to the journey.

“I am meeting with Virgin to discuss their plans in detail and will be urging them to think again.”

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