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Bridge replaces railway crossing

The pedestrian footbridge after it was lowered into place. Photo by M Barker

The pedestrian footbridge after it was lowered into place. Photo by M Barker

After many years of campaigning by a parish council, a village’s pedestrian level crossing over the main west coast railway line is being replaced by a footbridge.

Bilsborrow Parish Council is said to be ‘absolutely delighted’ to report that Network Rail contractors have lowered into place a specially engineered footbridge, taking the popular footpath route that follows the side of the River Brock over the main London to Glasgow railway.

This happened at the weekend and the bridge is expected to be officially opened to users within the next few weeks after the final works have been completed.

“Those up and about between about 10pm on Saturday and dawn on Sunday will have witnessed the huge sections of the bridge being delivered to Bilsborrow, then one at a time sections were transferred into place with a very powerful crane,” said a council spokesman.

He added: “The parish council members are delighted that the pedestrian level crossing, which was coping with ever faster express trains in both directions, has been replaced as part of Network Rail’s national programme.”

 

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