I think that IF the difference between Wisbech re-opening going ahead and not going ahead was solely based on the level crossings v bridges (whole life both cases) costs then this might be a good project on which to base the argument for that. [note the big IF]So is there any appetite within the industry to constructively challenge those standards? As someone has pointed out, in some cases they are effectively ensuring people continue to use less safe and more polluting forms of transport, so are sort of self defeating in a way.
Looking at East-West Rail Western Section phase 2, not all level crossings in Marston Vale are to be replaced by bridges or road diversions. Some will remain, albeit in upgraded form.
The traffic for which these are deemed safe, both road and rail, will be orders of magnitude greater than anything on Wisbech-March.
And it should be incumbent on ORR, not just Network Rail, to be a part of that debate.