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New £1.7m footbridge due at Stratford by end of 2014

Stratford-upon-Avon station will have its £1.7m footbridge by the end of the year, Network Rail has confirmed. Reports Abigail Lillicrap

The new disabled access bridge, mostly funded by a grant from the Department of Transport’s ‘Access all areas’ scheme was due to be finished by summer 2014. The rest of the funds needed to complete the project, were contributed by Warwickshire County Council, Network Rail, and London Midland. 

The delay has been caused by a technical issue over installation between Network Rail and Dyer and Butler Ltd, the building company.

Warwickshire County Council says that although there is no current sign of the bridge, it has already been erected off site. Network Rail has promised the local authority, however, that it will be completed by the end of 2014 and at the very latest 12 January 2015.

The new footbridge was planned in order to comply with the Equalities Act 2010, as previously passengers who could not use the footbridge had to cross at a ‘barrow crossing’ at the end of the platform.

The original bridge did not have the capacity to be updated to involve lifts and could not be replaced because of its historical structure. Therefore, the decision was made to create a new bridge with two lifts, eight metres down the platform from the original bridge.

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Observer   29/08/2014 at 13:43

Good grief. £1.4m of tax payers money for a footbridge.....and this will go down as investment in railways yet will benefit how many people exactly?? OK its got two small lifts and with that an ongoing maintenance cost. £400,000 for the one at Petersfield beggars belief too - you wouldn't spend your own money on it would you? why cant he trains serve he platform by the station building instead of needing access to the island platform?

Nonsuchmike   29/08/2014 at 13:48

Fantastic! Let us hope for the patient people of SuA they will not have to wait into 2015 for this necessary amenity at their rail hub. All they need now is the extension of the line, perhaps underground to the racecourse, back to Honeybourne and Evesham, the link back to Moreton, and, who knows, a straight line on to Cheltenham. This would do wonders for the locals in their travel arrangements, take cars and lorries off the road, and be an enormous financial boost to the area economy through massive tourism increments. Or not, as the case may be. After all, no visitors to England from abroad would ever think of going to a market town called Stratford upon Avon, would they?

Notts Railman   09/09/2014 at 18:40

Will this footbridge be available at all times platforms 2 & 3 are in use? Or only when the station is staffed? If the latter, the usefulness of the new footbridge will be limited.

Inside Info   03/07/2015 at 14:48

it a waste of money taken nearly 2 years to build OMG Just WCC wanting to get one over on network rail who planneed this for exactly 2 years later Total f888up witht he job all round

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