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04.11.13

North Sheen crossing sees safety improvements

Safety improvements near North Sheen station have been officially opened, with a new footbridge to allow pedestrians to walk over the level crossing.

The footbridge was opened by Network Rail and the South West Trains (SWT) Alliance, with the design a result of a local competition held in the area.

Sam McCarthy, commercial director for the alliance, said: “Safety is always our number one priority and this bridge provides the public with a safe route to cross this busy section of railway. The alliance is committed to improving level crossing safety wherever possible across our rail network and this is the latest example of where investment is making this a reality. The bridge was designed in conjunction with the local community and is a positive addition to the North Sheen area.”

Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, said: “The bridge is the culmination of a very active local campaign by residents, and I’m enormously grateful that Network Rail and South West Trains have listened and acted. The look of the new bridge is based on the winning design at a well-attended and very feisty local competition, and there is no doubt it will make crossing the tracks safer and easier for a great many residents.”

Cllr Lord True, leader of Richmond Council said: “As part of our commitment to village planning and community involvement, we have supported the local community in negotiating with Network Rail and South West Trains the right bridge for the local area. Councillor Speak, the deputy mayor, has been engaged from the outset as both resident and councillor. Full credit to him and to local residents and I am pleased that pedestrians can now safely cross the railway at North Sheen at all times.”

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