Keen on footbridge
10:00am Thu Mar 14, 2013
Improvements to the station footbridge in Bingham is the public’s preferred option to allow access over the railway line, a consultation has revealed.
Network Rail could upgrade the station footbridge to include a spiral ramp to provide disabled access.
Work on a project to replace the Moor Lane pedestrian crossing with a crossing providing disabled access is due to start soon and could be completed by Christmas if there are no delays.
Mr John Eagles told a meeting of the full council: “Network Rail have indicated that the public consultation suggested doing something to the existing station bridge would be the preferred option.”
Plans for a Tesco store on Chapel Lane, just north of Moor Lane pedestrian crossing, were approved by Rushcliffe Borough Council’s development control committee, and Network Rail is expecting a significant increase in footfall as a result of the new store.
Tesco is set to contribute £650,000 to the project.
Network Rail is also considering building a replacement footbridge at the Moor Lane crossing, but it is unclear whether this would include ramps.
A bridge at the crossing would involve buying land from Royal Mail because it would use the sorting office carpark.
Network Rail is planning to close Moor Lane pedestrian crossing as part of wide-ranging safety improvements to crossings across the country.
The public were consulted on plans in November but a second consultation was held in December after Network Rail admitted they had not given the public enough notice for the initial consultation.
A replacement for the crossing is due to be open by April 2014, the date when building work is to start on the new Tesco store at Chapel Lane.
Network Rail has said if either option was delayed or could not be finalised then it would build a path along the north of the railway line, linking the bridleway to the northern platform and Chapel Lane.
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