Thursday 18 Jan 2018
New footbridge will make crossing the railway into the Lea Valley safer
Pedestrians and cyclists who cross the railway at Slipe Lane, Broxbourne, will be able to do so more safely following the installation of a new footbridge as part of a £4m Network Rail project.
Work to install the bridge started in November last year and this weekend (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January) the footbridge, stairs and ramps will be put in place. Further work will take place the following weekend (Saturday 27 and 28 January) to finish off this part of the installation.
Following that, pathways and remedial works will take place and the footbridge will open later in the year. The footpath crossing will then close to pedestrians, with the footbridge creating 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: “This is a very popular crossing but the speed and frequency of the trains make it one of the riskiest. Replacing it with a new footbridge will provide a safer route to the Lea Valley for everyone. 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.
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.