A STROUD level crossing will benefit from a package of safety upgrades as part of Network Rail’s drive to improve infrastructure ahead of the redoubling of the Swindon to Kemble line.

The crossing in Chapel Lane, Ebley, is to be fitted with new warning lights, signage and a voice alarm system to inform people of approaching trains.

New decking will also be laid over the track allowing cars and pedestrians to cross at the same time.

Earlier this year Network Rail announced plans to shut two busy crossings in Beards Lane and Downfield and replace them with a footbridge after safety concerns were raised about the increased frequency and speed of trains through Stroud once the redoubling project is completed in 2014.

Residents living near the Chapel Lane crossing will be advised in writing when the improvement works will begin.