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Designs for footbridge over Brayford Wharf East level crossing unveiled

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

  • An artist's impression of the proposed bridge crossing railway line in Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln.

  • An artist's impression of the proposed bridge crossing railway line in Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln.

  • An artist's impression of the proposed bridge crossing railway line in Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln.

  • An artist's impression of the proposed bridge crossing railway line in Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln.

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Proposed designs for a pedestrian footbridge over the level crossing at Brayford Wharf East have been unveiled.

The bridge is intended to stop people risking their lives by running across the crossing when the warnings have started.

Network Rail’s policy is to close level crossings wherever possible for safety reasons, but the company accepts that both crossings in Lincoln need to remain open at present.

A planning application for the Brayford site will be submitted in December, followed by a proposal for the High Street.

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The design for Brayford Wharf East includes pedestrian and vehicle access at ground level.

Lincolnshire County Council is looking to reduce traffic to a single lane over the level crossings to make way for the bridges.

Designs can be viewed in Network Rail’s incident vehicle which will be parked outside the old signal box in Brayford Wharf East from 10am to 7pm on Friday, October 19, and 10am to 1pm on Saturday, October 20.

Visit www.networkrail.co.uk/lincoln for more information.

Feedback and comments can be posted to LincolnConsultation@networkrail.co.uk

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  • peak3  |  October 29 2012, 4:25PM

    some body mention lincolns avoiding line in the comments, british rail put forward proposal to close it & the conservative government accepted & gave permission for british rail to close it & at the same time & process the march to spalding line was shut too. if we still had the avoiding line it would not solve the problem we have right now because todays trains would not need to use it because of the direction they come & go from. the avoiding line was built to bypass the city of lincoln for freight trains to run north & south / south & north thats why sleafords avoiding line was built but remember the railways had 10 times more trains back in the day but a lot less people & vehicles using the cities roads, todays problem is the influx of population coming in or out the city & the amount of extra vehicles now on our roads & come late next year once the joint line is rebuilt thats when the problems will really start as the north & south / south north freight trains rumble through the city off the east coast main line, but we have no avoiding line anymore thanks to british rail & a conservative government of the time, what should have happened is our line should have been mothballed & protected like sleafords avoiding line was, look what is about to happen to that (complete rebuild in to main line status) to take away freight trains from the town of sleaford. the mention of railway companies not bothered about bridges over both of lincolns rail crossings why should they be its network rails issue with the government & council, train companies might have a say but its not up to them to sort it out & lets not forget the railway was here long before any of us & without a railway system in this country or whats left of it thanks to beeching & barbara castle, lincoln city is lucky to have what we have regarding rail transport.

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  • Callmestupid  |  October 19 2012, 9:01PM

    May I suggest the construction of an elevated road above Brayford Wharf East, taking traffic from the junction of St Marks/Ropewalk to Wigford Way. Both ends are somewhat higher than the railway level, so the gradient should not be too steep to obtain clearance of the track. If necessary, this could partly overhang the river and Brayford pool, still permitting vehicular access at ground level to properties on Brayford Wharf East. This would allow complete closure of the level crossing below if steps or ramps up were provided for the convenience of University students. It might also allow the closure of the High Street crossing if a footbridge or underpass could be provided to allow pedestrians to get over/under the railtrack and St Marys Street. Of course, all this would cost millions, but it might allow the abandonment of the proposed route along Tentercroft Street to take diverted High Street to join the already congested Pelham Bridge, which is also going to cost big bucks. Callmestupid

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  • NicktheFace  |  October 19 2012, 7:40PM

    Yeah Simon, it is the same old story in Lincoln I am afraid... It is always; "why change?" If I was a student I could get them to do anything!

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  • simonlincs  |  October 19 2012, 7:33PM

    Its taken decades for the railway to have this pitiful bridge idea dragged out of them.I'm afraid the sad fact is that the railway company couldn't give a monkeys about this problem because for them it isn't a problem and only involvement from the highest levels of government would force them to take it seriously and come up with a decent plan involving the railway company changing the railway to suit lincoln and not the other way round,the arrogance of the railway to think they are more important astounds me.....

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  • NicktheFace  |  October 19 2012, 10:19AM

    Yes, very funny. What I meant was where is there space on the or next to the pavement for the footbridge?

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  • Nei11_Lincoln  |  October 19 2012, 10:18AM

    Why? The high street needs a footbridge more than the uni. Have you seen the crossing at the high street at any time of day, you could be standing there 10-15 mins, it ridiculous. Something should have been done long ago!! And now the proposed bridge is going to be built for, you guessed it!!! The comfort and ease of the migrating student. I'm all for the uni, its brought a lot of money into the city, but for god's sake, whoever is in charge of this project do somthing for the residents of Lincoln for once. Please!!

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  • TB78WHlNE  |  October 19 2012, 10:09AM

    "Where will the bridge be on the main High Street?" Just a wild stab in the dark, but my guess is it will be somewhere near the railway line...

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  • NicktheFace  |  October 19 2012, 8:35AM

    Ok, I have seen the ideas. Fantastic but... All I see is the ideas for the students and University access. Once again it looks like the normal Lincoln residents are second best to the comfort zones of University students. Where will the bridge be on the main High Street? Are there plans for a foot bridge on the High Street? Is there space for a foot bridge on the High Street? Lincoln High Street is where most of the problems lie, so why no plans for it. All these plans seem to be all talk and no action. The problem that keeps this city in the dark ages.

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  • simonlincs  |  October 19 2012, 8:34AM

    Lord Vader,I'm not talking about burying the track,just lowering it into a ditch so that a couple of simple bridges could be built over it at the 2 crossing points,elsewhere it would still be open air,surely it wouldn't cost that much compared to a tunnel and would be a good compromise ?

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  • NicktheFace  |  October 19 2012, 8:28AM

    Ok, I have seen the ideas. Fantastic but... All I see is the ideas for the students and University access. Once again it looks like the normal Lincoln residents are second best to the comfort zones of University students. Where will the bridge be on the main High Street? Are there plans for a foot bridge on the High Street? Is there space for a foot bridge on the High Street? Lincoln High Street is where most of the problems lie, so why no plans for it. All these plans seem to be all talk and no action. The problem that keeps this city in the dark ages.

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