Construction works are set to commence this Autumn in Lostwithiel, where passengers and residents will benefit from quicker and easier access across the railway and to the station, thanks to £1.845m of funding to build a new footbridge over Grenville Road level crossing, adjacent to the station. The works are expected to be completed and open to the public next Spring.
The erection of the new footbridge will ensure that pedestrians, passengers, and non-road users will no longer need to wait at the level crossing to cross the railway. It is also hoped that the new bridge will help reduce incidents of trespassing and antisocial behaviour.
The FRP ‘Legacy Footbridge’ – designed and to be installed by contractor Taziker – will be the first of its kind to be installed over the railway. The bridge structure will be delivered in preassembled sections enabling it to be quickly installed in just days without the need to close the railway and impact passenger services. Constructed from Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) materials, the bridge is a light weight, low-carbon structure that is highly durable and requires little or no maintenance.
The footbridge design will also aid in the overall accessibility of the station, through the accommodation of future lift installations. These lifts will be dependent on the securing of future funding but would provide connectivity to the station and town for all users.
Accessibility will also be improved from the inclusion of a new accessible ramp from the road to platform 2, which will enable the station to become fully accessible to modern standards from the road for the first time and ensure passengers and station users with mobility needs can easily and safely access the station.
Further improvements will come from the station including the installation of tactile paving on both platforms, which will further enhance the safety of the station and improve accessibility for people with a visual impairment.
Mike Gallop, Network Rail Western route, and strategic operations director, said:
“I am delighted that funding has been secured to enable us to install a footbridge over the railway at Lostwithiel.
“We have recognised there has not been an alternative method for safely crossing the railway for many of our pedestrians and non-road users who currently rely on the level crossing on Grenville Road.
“We are committed to continuing investing in the railway and surrounding infrastructure in Cornwall for the benefit of our passengers, residents and local businesses and this new footbridge will significantly improve pedestrian mobility in and out of Lostwithiel while improving accessibility to the station itself. In parallel to the installation of the footbridge, we will continue to work with our partners to explore future funding options to support the installation of lifts.”
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