Thursday 6 Apr 2017
Safety boost for Oxfordshire residents as new footbridge opens as part of Railway Upgrade Plan
Oxfordshire residents will benefit from a safer way to cross the railway following the opening of a new footbridge near Uffington by Network Rail.
The new 50-tonne bridge spans the two track railway, replacing a pedestrian level crossing and removing the need for pedestrians to walk across the tracks.
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 was opened last Friday (March 31) by Ed Vaizey, MP for Wantage, along with staff from Network Rail and contractors, Murphy.
The occasion was also marked with help from the 1st Stanford-in-the-Vale Scout group, who built a ‘Bug Hotel’ using leftover wooden materials to help encourage and increase biodiversity in the area. The hotel was built on site and will be transported to a local community garden.
Aron Ventress, Network Rail’s senior 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. The new footbridge also paves the way for the new new fleet of electric trains.
“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.
Ed Vaizey, MP for Wantage, said: “I was delighted to open this new footbridge, a much safer way for locals to cross the track than the old pedestrian level crossing.
The “Bug Hotel” created by the 1st Stanford-in the-Vale Scout group was inspired and I look forward to seeing it in place in Uffington Community Garden”
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.