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.
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.