New footbridge will make crossing the railway into the Lea Valley safer

Pedestrians and cyclists who cross the railway at Slipe Lane, Broxbourne, will be able to do so more safely following the installation of a new footbridge as part of a £4m Network Rail project.

Work to install the bridge started in November last year and this weekend (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January) the footbridge, stairs and ramps will be put in place. Further work will take place the following weekend (Saturday 27 and 28 January) to finish off this part of the installation.

Following that, pathways and remedial works will take place and the footbridge will open later in the year. The footpath crossing will then close to pedestrians, with the footbridge creating a safer route to cross the railway.

Last year, there were 25 near misses at the crossing which is used by around 80 people every day, and where 378 trains pass at up to 80mph, making it one of the riskiest in the region.

Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “This is a very popular crossing but the speed and frequency of the trains make it one of the riskiest. Replacing it with a new footbridge will provide a safer route to the Lea Valley for everyone. Level crossings remain one of the biggest risks to public safety on the railway and we are committed to closing them wherever possible to improve safety as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.” 

For more information on level crossing safety visit www.networkrail.co.uk/levelcrossings