Lingfield, UK: Activists oppose ramped access bridge as crossing replacement

28 Mar

Network Rail has run into community opposition to the proposed ramped access footbridge in Lingfield, Surrey, to replace a footpath level crossing to the South of Lingfield railway station which was closed in 2011 on safety grounds. The opponents of what is seen as an obtrusively large structure now have the support of East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah who is to meet with Network Rail.

Locally, the preferred solution is to have the footpath level crossing closed in 2011 reinstated even though the consent to its closure was on the basis that it would be replaced by a bridge, thus reinstating the right-of-way across the railway. So what does the community really want if access for the mobility impaired is not to be sacrificed – lifts so the bridge is less intrusive?

The bridge is to be constructed using permitted development rights rather than on the basis that full planning permission is required.

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