Work on new Brayford rail crossing footbridge to begin this Autumn

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Network Rail has announced that it will begin work on a new footbridge over the Brayford Wharf rail crossing in Lincoln this Autumn.

Ground and services investigations began earlier this year ahead of the works, which will see the new footbridge built.

The original plans for the bridge were refused by the City of Lincoln Council, whose planning committee said that the removal of two lift shafts restricted access for disabled people, however this was appealed and approved by the Planning Inspectorate in late 2017.

The crossing at Brayford Wharf sees almost 7,000 vehicles and over 16,000 pedestrians use it every day, as well as around 140 freight and passengers trains.

The footbridge forms part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, and should the plans be approved by Lincoln City Council, it will provide permanent stepped access over the busy railway so that pedestrians no longer have to stand and wait at the barriers.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We’re very pleased to be making progress on the footbridge for Brayford Wharf which will offer a safe route across the railway for pedestrians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no need to wait at the level crossing barriers.

“Work on site is set to begin this Autumn and we are working to keep disruption to a minimum.

“We will share our plans with the community so that they know what to expect as soon as possible.”