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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 14 Mar 2007
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Location notes
Banbury Lane is between Bugbrooke and Rothersthorpe in rural Northamptonshire.
The location is also known as Rothersthorpe crossing, and Billings Brook.
Railway type and traffic
The line that runs through here is on the busy West Coast Main Line. Most trains are operated by Virgin, with the occasional unit operated by Central trains.
Be aware, however, that most freight does not pass here, instead taking the Northampton loop before rejoining near Rugby.
Environment
This particular location is near to the old crossing, which is now no long longer in use since a new over bridge has been constructed to the west of the location.
Road directions
From the M1, junction 15A:
Follow the signs to Rothersthorpe. Pass through the village, and you will shortly come to the new over bridge which crosses the railway line. Once this has been crossed, you will see a small section of road to the right by the old level crossing. You will be able to park here.

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Bugbrooke, Banbury Lane Crossing map co-ordinates
Parking
You can safely park by the old level crossing itself.
Public transport
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Amenities
There are no amenities at the location, although there is a nice shop in Bugbrooke high street where refreshments can be purchased. The Bakers Arms offers a quiet drink, while the Five Bells opposite the church sells good pub-grub.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Bugbrooke, Banbury Lane Crossing

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Bugbrooke, Banbury Lane Crossing general view map
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Bugbrooke, Banbury Lane Crossing



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Photographic notes
Since the erection of Palisade fencing, shots are no longer obtainable from the crossing itself, although a side on shot can be obtained by poking your camera lens through the gap. A shot of southbound trains can be taken from the over bridge itself - (see figure 2)
If you walk down Banbury lane a little further, a good 'panoramic' shot (figure 1) can be obtained from the roadside, opposite the farm entrance.
The line at this location runs almost East to West, so can be advantageous in sunny conditions when other stretches of this line can prove more difficult.


General views - All photographs © Jason Rodhouse unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west


Fig 1 - Looking north west


Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north

The view of the crossing

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