Thursday 8 Dec 2016
Safety boost for Oxford residents as new footbridge opens as part of Railway Upgrade Plan
Oxford residents will be safer and school children will benefit from a bigger playground thanks to a new footbridge installed over the railway by Network Rail.
Opened on Monday (5 December), the new 80-tonne bridge spans 40 metres over the railway. It replaces a pedestrian level crossing meaning people no longer need to walk across the tracks at Aristotle Lane, Oxford.
The upgrade to the crossing underlines Network Rail’s commitment to improving safety on the railway, which has already seen more than 1,000 level crossings closed on Britain’s rail network.
The new footbridge also helped to free up space for St Phillip & St James' Primary School to extend their recreation facilities. Pupils from the school were present to celebrate the opening of the new bridge, complete with festive attire.
Rob Mashford, Network Rail’s programme manager, said: “The opening of this footbridge and the subsequent closure of the pedestrian level crossing is another positive step in our campaign to improve safety across the country’s rail network.
“We have the safest railway in Europe, and we are committed to improving the safety of the railway even further as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.
“I would like to thank residents for their patience as this footbridge was constructed, and I would also like to thank the pupils of St Phillip & St James' School for being here to officially open it.”
Oxfordshire County Councillor Jean Fooks, said: “I want to say how wonderful it is to see the new footbridge open and I’m pleased to see the school getting some land to extend their playground. I thank Network Rail very, very much for finally making this happen.”
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. 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.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.