New footbridge makes it safer to cross the railway in Hagley: Sweetpool Lane footbridge

Wednesday 20 Dec 2017

New footbridge makes it safer to cross the railway in Hagley

London North Western

A new footbridge which provides a safe route across the railway in Hagley has opened.

The bridge, which links Sweetpool Lane with the opposite side of the railway, opened earlier this month and is the latest development in Network Rail’s ongoing plan to make the railway safer.

It was built as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan which is developing and improving the rail network across Britain.

The bridge replaces a level crossing which has been permanently shut and significantly reduces the level of risk to people who want to cross the railway at this location.

Simon Martin, level crossing manager at Network Rail, said: “Level crossings pose one of the biggest risks to public safety on the railway and we are committed to closing them wherever possible.

“Sweetpool Lane footpath crossing was identified as a high risk pedestrian crossing and this new bridge has significantly removed that risk, making it safer and easier for local people cross the railway.”

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