Bamber Bridge crossing replaces playing fields level-crossing

Posted on - 9th August, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Politics, Preston News, South Ribble News, Transport
The new railway footbridge in Bamber Bridge. Pic: Network Rail

Network Rail has opened a new £1.4m railway footbridge in Bamber Bridge to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely.


Network Rail invested £1.4m to allow people to travel from Asland Close, Bamber Bridge, to the popular playing fields on the other side, meaning the footpath level crossing is now closed, removing the risk of passing trains.

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Before its closure, Playing Fields level crossing was among the worst in the region for trespassing incidents, near misses and crossing misuse.

But Network Rail said it would monitor the safety of its crossings across the North West.

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The new railway footbridge in Bamber Bridge. Pic: Network Rail

Debbie Johnson, Network Rail’s level crossing safety manager, said: “There’s no doubt that this new footbridge is a much safer way for people to get across the railway in Bamber Bridge, given the number of incidents at the former footpath crossing.

“It also closes the access point to tracks to stop cases of dangerous railway trespass, and these incidents made it a priority for us to build this new footbridge to keep local people and passengers safe.

“It’s also great to see how, after speaking with users, we were able to incorporate their ideas into the design.”

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The new railway footbridge in Bamber Bridge. Pic: Network Rail

Since 2016, seven serious cases reported by train drivers included an elderly couple and dog walker crossing the railway as a train approached, children playing on the tracks and youths deliberately placing objects on the line.

Network Rail held a drop-in event in April where its engineers learned that many cyclists crossed the railway there.

The rail firm has now included channels for bikes on the staircases to allow users to wheel rather than carry them over the new bridge.

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Work will take place to replant shrubs, bushes and trees to ensure the new structure blends in with its surroundings.

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