Monday 19 Dec 2016
New footbridge installed over the railway in Hertfordshire in a step to improve safety
Pedestrians and cyclists who cross the railway at Trinity Lane, Waltham Cross can now do so more safely, thanks to the installation of a new footbridge.
Network Rail decided to close the crossing used by up to 700 pedestrians a day, following nine near misses since the beginning of the year and where trains pass at 85mph. The footbridge is in place as alternative to using the footpath crossing, which is now closed to pedestrians, creating a safer and more reliable railway as part of Network Rail's Railway Upgrade Plan.
Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “Pedestrians now have a much safer way of crossing the railway at Trinity Lane, by using the footbridge instead of the level crossing. After reports of nine near misses since the beginning of the year, closing it to pedestrians and cyclists and building a footbridge was the only option in order to improve safety here as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan."
From now on, the pedestrian wicket gates at the level crossing will be closed and the crossing keeper will control the opening and closing of the vehicular gates for cars, horses and pedestrians with limited mobility who can’t use the bridge. Those with wheelbarrows using the nearby allotments can also use these gates.
Work to build the bridge began in November, with two stairwells being constructed in the first weekend (5 and 6 November). The main bridge span was lifted in during the following weekend (12 and 13 November) and the work took place while the railway was already closed for track renewals, to minimise disruption to passengers.
Further work will take place over the next few months to provide permanent signage and way-finding markings and additional screening on the bridge.
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We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 19 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, more than 4.6 million journeys are made in the UK. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
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