Friday 24 Nov 2017
Christmas comes early for Sellafield passengers with £1m new bridge
- London North Western
Passengers in Sellafield have got an early Christmas present after a £995,000 new footbridge and improved lighting were unveiled at the station.
Despite its remote location, Sellafield station, on the scenic Cumbrian coast line, serves as the primary stop for the nearby power station.
The existing footbridge has suffered from high levels of corrosion and despite a regular maintenance regime, its coastal location and exposure to the elements meant the structure continued to deteriorate.
As part of the Great North Rail Project, Team Orange started work on 21 August this year and completed the bridge this week without having to close the station or disrupt trains.
Joanna Fielding, scheme project manager for Network Rail, said: “This upgrade, part of the Great North Rail Project, will mean passengers continue to have safe access to trains at Sellafield station. The bridge looks fantastic and, coupled with the new lighting, has given the station a real boost in time for Christmas.
“Work to replace the footbridge was carefully planned to not disrupt trains and passengers and the new bridge will serve the station and passengers for decades to come.”
For more information on the Great North Rail Project visit www.networkrail.co.uk/gnrp.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.