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We want to build two footbridges over the level crossings at Lincoln High Street and Brayford Wharf to reduce the risk of misuse and improve pedestrian flows
Lincoln's city centre is divided by two level crossings. They're there to protect people, but we know they can be frustrating. Most people use the crossings properly but we regularly see people running around lowering barriers or even climbing over them. This is incredibly dangerous and the misuse at these crossings needs to be urgently addressed.
The level crossings are already the highest-safety design available and it is impossible to close them without the proposed east-west road link. Therefore, we've developed designs for two new footbridges which will:
We've received planning permission for the footbridge at Brayford Wharf East. Detailed planning is nearly complete and construction will start on site in Autumn 2013. Further details will be released as soon as they are confirmed. Preliminary plans for the preferred option at High Street are being shared with the public. Comments are welcomed until Monday 12 August 2013. Once a planning application is submitted, comments should be sent to City of Lincoln Council in accordance with planning processes.We are being advised by the City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire County Council, University of Lincoln, Lincoln Business Improvement Group and the Brayford Trust.
We explored many alternative options:
Award-winning and highly respected architects have been appointed to develop appropriate designs for each crossing; Panter Hudspith Architects on High Street and Stem Architects on Brayford Wharf.The bridge at Brayford has been designed to reflect its location alongside the University buildings, surrounding offices and Brayford Pool as well as the heritage of the site. Construction will take into account flooding and environmental considerations.
The proposals for High Street involve developing 179 High Street to set the footbridge within the footprint of the building. The property will then be redeveloped for reuse after the bridge is constructed. As with Brayford Wharf East, a lift is provided at each side of the bridge, capable of carrying mobility scooters and pushchairs. Arrangements for cyclists match those on Brayford Wharf East.
The proposed footbridges would be fully accessible 24 hours a day. Our consultation and design work indicates that a combination of stairs and lifts is the best way to achieve this.
We want the residents and businesses of Lincoln and visitors to the city, to guide and influence this project.
Email us at LincolnConsultation@networkrail.co.uk or write to:
Lincoln ConsultationNetwork RailPeterborough Crescent HouseWHSmith Mews, off Thorpe RoadPeterboroughCambridgeshirePE3 6AL
Lincoln High Street plans aerial view
Proposed footbridge for Lincoln High Street
Brayford Wharf East bridge
Brayford Wharf East Bridge
An example of misuse at Lincoln High Street - a pedestrian lifts the barriers
An example of misuse at Lincoln High Street – boy runs across as barriers come down