Friday 8 Jun 2018
New footbridge opens to public making crossing the railway into the Lea Valley safer
Pedestrians and cyclists who cross the railway at Slipe Lane, Broxbourne, are able to do so more safely as a new footbridge opened today (Friday 8 June) as part of a £4m Network Rail project.
Work to install the bridge started in November last year and the main span of the footbridge, stairs and ramps were constructed in January 2018.
The pedestrian level crossing at Slipe Lane is now closed and the footbridge provides a safer route to cross the railway.
Last year, there were 25 near misses at the crossing which is used by around 80 people every day, and where 378 trains pass at up to 80mph, making it one of the riskiest in the region.
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “We’ve seen a number of near misses and incidents at this level crossing which encouraged our decision to close it and offer a safer alternative. Level crossings remain one of the biggest risks to public safety on the railway and we are committed to closing them wherever possible to improve safety as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan."
For more information on level crossing safety visit www.networkrail.co.uk/levelcrossings.
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