Artist impression of the new beacon bridge at Garforth

Artists Impression of first of its kind bridge has been released

The first artists impressions of Garforth’s new accessible pedestrian bridge have been released.

The so-called ‘Beacon bridge’ is a first of its kind in the UK has a striking two lift shafts design and is designed to give rail passengers a safe, step-free option at the station for the first time.

The bridge is part of the Department for Transport’s Access for All programme with construction estimated to cost £6m.

Work is to begin this month (May) and is planned to be completed by April 2024.

Chris Wright, Senior Sponsor for Network Rail, said: “The Beacon bridge has been designed with increased focus on people and place. The structure appears lighter than traditional designs, with the glass deck and stairs preserving views of the adjacent listed road bridge.

“More crucially, it will deliver the long-awaited step-free access that Garforth needs and deserves. Being able to release these images is hugely exciting as we move into the construction phase of the project.”

The existing footbridge, which is Grade II listed, is being carefully removed and will be relocated to the Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway in Kent.

A temporary footbridge will be installed in June to allow access between platforms to be maintained while the Beacon bridge is under construction.

A new home was sought for the Grade II listed bridge to ensure it stayed in Yorkshire, but no suitable proposals were lodged.

Tony Baxter, Regional Director for Northern, said: “We welcome all investment in rail infrastructure. This project will have a big impact on the customer experience at Garforth and we look forward to the bridge opening in 2024.”

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