Friday 1 Dec 2017
High Street footbridge in Lincoln reopens after repairs
Lincoln High Street footbridge has reopened after repairs were successfully completed.
The footbridge was closed in early October to allow essential repairs to drainage, paving and handrails.
That work is now complete and the footbridge reopened to the public this morning, Friday 1 December.
Neil Henry, head of operations at Network Rail, said: “We’ve made it clear that the quality of the bridge has not been to our high standards and have vowed to continue work on it until those standards are met. We will monitor the bridge in the coming weeks as people begin to use it again. We also apologise unreservedly for the disruption the closure of the bridge has caused in Lincoln city centre over recent weeks, particularly on weekends, and hope that now it is open the footbridge will meet the needs of the community as a safer alternative to waiting at the level crossing barriers.”
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.