Tag Archives: Lincoln

Lincoln, UK: Second footbridge will be built

8 Apr

New designs of the Brayford Wharf footbridge in LincolnAs work continues to install the eagerly anticipated new footbridge over High Street level crossing in Lincoln, Network Rail has announced that it will progress plans for a bridge over the neighbouring Brayford Wharf crossing.

Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director at Network Rail, said: “I know how disruptive the level crossings in Lincoln can be to the city centre.  I am also very concerned by the high levels of misuse we continue to see on these crossings with people rushing over the lines after the warning sequence has started.

“Work on the bridge on High Street is progressing well. It will open this summer to provide an accessible, safe route across the railway for pedestrians and cyclists at all times.  This will also be linked to Brayford Wharf [the distance between Brayford Wharf East level crossing and the new footbridge at High Street is 160 metres] via a new footpath, giving better options to residents, students, shoppers and visitors than they have had in living memory.

“As locals are aware we also want to install a bridge at Brayford Wharf East but have faced considerable challenges through rising costs.  I am delighted to announce that by working with stakeholders in Lincoln we have been able to redesign the bridge to make it more affordable whilst still retaining high design standards which city officials were keen to see.  This design is still more expensive than our original budget but we will be able to meet this cost.

“My team is working up the detailed proposals for the bridge and will submit a planning application in the Autumn.”

Karl McCartney MP, Lincoln’s Member of Parliament, said: “I am delighted that Network Rail has been able to move this vital transport project forward. It will be of huge benefit to the City of Lincoln. Alongside the coming High Street footbridge and better direct rail services to London, Lincoln will soon one of Britain’s most rail friendly cities for passengers, pedestrians and motorists alike. The missing pieces of the transport jigsaw in Lincoln are all coming together to create a joined up City, exactly what we need to take advantage of Lincoln’s thriving economy.”


Hykeham, UK: Enforcement cameras now in place

23 Apr

Photo-enforcement cameras have been installed at Hykeham automatic half-barrier equipped level crossing near Lincoln. The objective is to deter red light-running and by extension weaving around the barriers. The cameras are linked to number plate recognition technology with the images obtained admissible as evidence when prosecuting offences occurring at this level crossing.

Cherry Willingham: Coronial Inquest returns two intended death verdicts

23 Mar

The Coronial Inquest into the death of an elderly couple on a level crossing in Lincolnshire has returned a verdict that the couple had intentionally taken their own lives. The fatalities occurred on the Cherry Willingham automatic half-barrier level crossing near Lincoln on July 9th, 2014.


Lincoln, UK: Work to start on Lincoln High Street pedestrian grade-separation

6 Feb
Lincoln High Street new pedestrian over-bridge, source Network Rail

Lincoln High Street new pedestrian over-bridge, source Network Rail

After many years’ discussion Lincoln High Street will be partially closed from March 9th, 2015 for eleven months, as construction of a grade-separated route over the High Street level crossing begins. While work will continue until February 2016, it is anticipated that the footbridge will be available for use from December 2015.

The bridge is a far cry from the average pedestrian footbridge as it is includes and will also be integrated with an adjoining retail development.

Lincoln, Footbridge project gets underway

14 Oct

displaymedia.ashxKarl McCartney, Lincoln’s MP and Network Rail’s Route Managing Director, Phil Verster, officially launched the project to build a footbridge over the level crossing on Lincoln High Street on October 10th, 2014.

The project, which includes re-modelling the property at 179 High Street, will mean pedestrians and cyclists can cross the railway 24-hours-a-day, and there will be no need to wait at the level crossing barriers. The re-modelling work will see a lift provided at each side of the bridge, capable of carrying mobility scooters and pushchairs. 179 High Street will also be further redeveloped for reuse after the bridge is constructed.

Phil Verster, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “The start of work on the High Street bridge is the result of many months of collaborative working. I thank the teams from English Heritage, City of Lincoln, Lincolnshire County Council, University of Lincoln, business leaders and Karl McCartney MP for the support and guidance they have provided.

“Residents, visitors and businesses in Lincoln will benefit from the new footbridge. It will improve safety and mean far less people will have to wait to cross the railway.

“High Street and Brayford level crossings remain among our worst crossings for instances of misuse. Incidents range from people running across after the warnings have started to thoroughly reckless acts such as lifting or climbing over the barriers once they are down. In such circumstances the signaller has no way to stop an oncoming train.

“We understand that a lot of misuse is driven by frustration at having to wait at the barriers. We have accepted that it is not possible to close the crossings at this time but doing nothing was not an option. Thanks to the close working with city stakeholders we have developed high quality, deliverable solutions for each site.”

Karl McCartney MP added: “I am very pleased that work on the new footbridge over Lincoln High Street’s level crossing has finally started. Today’s event is definitely a positive step forward as we work to address the disruption and risk to the public posed by these level crossings that cut the City I represent in half.”

Cllr Ric Metcalfe, Leader of City of Lincoln Council, said: “We have lobbied long and hard with our partners for this new footbridge, which will be hugely welcomed in helping us resolve the effect of the severing the High Street by the rail corridor.

“It will have both important safety gains and will support our city centre regeneration aspirations.”

Richard Davies, Executive Councillor for Highways and Transport at the county council, said: “This footbridge will be a welcome addition to Lincoln’s High Street, making it easier for residents, visitors and students to access all of our fantastic attractions and shops. Local people have been asking for a solution for this junction for a long time and we are pleased to see these plans come to fruition.”

Network Rail took ownership of 179 High Street in late September 2014; and today’s event was a key milestone in the project. The bridge is set to open in October 2015. A second footbridge is also being planned for Brayford Wharf East.

Both of the level crossings – at High Street and Brayford Wharf East – in Lincoln are of the highest possible safety design, yet record such significant levels of misuse that they are ranked first and third on the risk register for Network Rail’s east coast and east midlands route.

Both footbridge bridge projects are complex; Brayford Wharf East because of the proximity to Brayford Pool, and High Street because of the narrow nature of the street. Both are also important sites to English Heritage in terms of visual lines to the Cathedral, and also High Street itself, which is one of the longest Roman Roads in the country.

Network Rail has sought advice from Lincolnshire County Council, City of Lincoln Council, English Heritage, University of Lincoln, the Brayford Trust, Lincoln business groups and local residents as part of the design and development of the two footbridges.

Lincoln, UK: Costs force review of grade-separation

15 Sep

With costs said to be double of those anticipated, Network Rail has initiated a review of available options for the construction of a bridge to replace the Brayford Wharf level crossing. With the start date for the work looming, January 2015 may slip prompting concerns that the Lincoln High Street grade-separation project may also be delayed if there is a need to pursue a revision to the planning consent already obtained.

Cherry Willingham, UK: Elderly couple intended to take own lives

10 Jul

The elderly couple who were killed on a public footpath and private user-worked level crossing in Cherry Willingham near Lincoln on July 9th, 2014 are suspected as having taken their own lives. The fatal event occurred shortly before noon when the couple were seen to walk into and stand in the path of a freight train, failing to respond to the train horn being repeatedly sounded. Speculation in the media is focused on the couple aged 80 and 79 intending to end their lives together. British Transport Police has said that they are treating the fatalities as non suspicious and that they are preparing a file for the coroner.