Friday 27 Jul 2018
Chalkwell station footbridge reopens following repairs
The footbridge at Chalkwell station on the line between Fenchurch Street and Shoeburyness reopened today (Friday 27 July) following repair and strengthening work.
Network Rail started the work on Monday 9 July in which the temporary scaffolding was taken down and work took place to repair and strengthen the bridge deck. Protective panels have been fitted to prevent further wear.
The footbridge has now reopened, following a three-week closure. Further improvements will take place overnight in August.
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we made these improvements to provide a safe, reliable and efficient railway as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”
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