THE pedestrian crossing across the railway line at Deganwy has been established as a public right of way following a planning inquiry.

Network Rail closed the crossing, which is close to Warren Drive and Glan y Mor Road, in 2011.

Following representations by residents to local elected representatives: Guto Bebb MP and Conwy County Borough cllr Mike Priestley joined forces to challenge Network Rail. They were successful in persuading the council to support the call to reopen the crossing.

A planning inquiry was held last May after Network Rail appealed against Conwy planners’ opposition to the closure of the crossing over the line. The Planning Inspectorate has now established the crossing as a public right of way.

The letter outlining the decision taken by Joanne Burston, the Inspector, said: “I am satisfied that talking all the evidence together, it has been demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that there has been a dedication and acceptance of a public right of way at common law.”

Mr Bebb said: “What a result. I am grateful to everyone who contributed; all the elected representatives and residents. It has been terrific to work with Mike in such a constructive manner.

Cllr Priestley said: “I am really pleased at the Inspector’s decision. We presented a lot of evidence at the Inquiry to prove there was access to the shore before the railway was built.

“This is a result for the residents and is an example of what can be achieved when residents and their representatives work together to a common purpose.”

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We are aware of the decision in relation to the former level crossing on Warren Road in Deganwy. We are considering the implications of the Inspector’s conclusions and will respond in due course. We are looking at the options at the moment.”

The spokesman was unable to confirm at this stage whether Network Rail would reopen the pedestrian crossing.