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Network Rail Footbridges

Lincoln city centre is divided by two level crossings at High Street and Brayford Wharf East. Although already of the highest possible safety design, the two crossings record such significant levels of misuse that they are ranked first and third on the risk register for the East Coast and East Midlands route. Incidents range from people running across the railway lines after warnings have started to reckless acts such as lifting or climbing over the barriers once they are down. In these circumstances, the signaller is unable to stop an oncoming train.

High Street Footbridge Traffic Arrangements

High Street Footbridge Traffic Arrangements (click to enlarge)

Network Rail’s High Street scheme has provided a new footbridge, including lifts capable of carrying mobility scooters and pushchairs, over the railway lines to further improve accessibility for the many pedestrians who are delayed by the level crossing when the barriers are closed. Work started in March 2015, and the bridge opened to pedestrians on 24 June 2016.

A second bridge for Brayford Wharf East is in the early planning stages.

Both new footbridge projects are complex - Brayford Wharf East because of the proximity to Brayford Pool, and High Street because of the narrow nature of the street and high volumes of pedestrians. Both are also important sites to English Heritage, in terms of visual lines to the Cathedral, and the High Street itself is one of the longest Roman roads in the country.

The new footbridges will reduce the risk of misuse by separating pedestrians and rail traffic, reduce pedestrian congestion and improve pedestrian flow around the city.

The county council’s East-West Link Road opened in November 2016, linking the High Street at its junction with Tentercroft Street to Pelham Bridge and Canwick Road. This improvement removes the need for traffic to cross the High Street level crossing.



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Purple twins stand to attention over level crossing

4 April 2016

Visitors to the High Street area of Lincoln can’t fail to see the two purple towers which have been constructed either side of the town’s level crossing by Network Rail as part of its project to build a footbridge across the crossing

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