The existing Ferryboat Lane stepped footbridge over the railway line between Mexborough and Old Denaby is becoming life expired.

It will be replaced by a modern footbridge just to the west of its existing location.

The new footbridge will have steps and ramps that will provide pedestrians with an easier, more pleasant and safer route over the railway between Mexborough and Old Denaby. The existing Ferryboat Lane footpath level crossing of the railway is also being closed by Doncaster Council at Network Rail’s request.

Existing Ferryboat Lane footbridge
Existing Ferryboat Lane footbridge
Site of the proposed Ferryboat Lane footbridge
Site of the proposed Ferryboat Lane footbridge

Our plans

The new footbridge has planning permission from Doncaster Council. Some land will be required temporarily for construction purposes and some will be required permanently for the new footbridge. Subject to securing the necessary land the footbridge will be constructed in 2022/23. We will keep disruption from our work to a minimum at all times while carrying out this essential project and inform the local community about footpath diversionary routes so construction can continue safely.

Next steps

In order to acquire the necessary land we submitted on Tuesday 31 March 2020 an application for a Land Only Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) to the Secretary of State for Transport. If approved, this will grant Network Rail the powers to acquire land by compulsory purchase order. Network Rail will seek to use compulsory purchase powers only after all reasonable practicable means to negotiate their voluntary acquisition have been exhausted. The TWAO documents we have submitted can be viewed for information below.

TWAO application documents

There is a 42 day objection period that commences from the date of application. This ends on Tuesday 12 May 2020. Should you wish to contact the Department for Transport regarding the TWAO their address is Transport Infrastructure Planning Unit, Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR or you can email at Please include ”Network Rail – Ferryboat Lane Footbridge Reconstruction” in any correspondence.

Documents can be provided on request by calling 020 7593 0364 or by . Copies of individual documents are also available on request.

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