Gainsborough: Network Rail are revising its plans to remove the crossing at Gainsborough Central Station

Network Rail have revisited its plans for a new bridge crossing at Gainsborough Central Station after the original design didn’t offer disabled access.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 4th August 2015, 4:30 pm
Foot crossing at Gainsborough Central Station
Foot crossing at Gainsborough Central Station

The plan was that the current foot bridge at Gainsborough Central Station in Station Approach, Gainsborough, would be taken down on Wednesday, August 12, and a new crossing would be built.

However the original plans for the new crossing sparked action from campaigners as they failed to include disabled access.

Network Rail have now revisited the plans and said the current bridge will now remain in place at the station for the time being.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We are progressing with the investment of two new bridges at Brigg and Gainsborough Central stations costing over £1million, both of which will have provision for lifts or ramps to be fitted in the future should funding become available.

“Level crossing safety remains the highest priority for Network Rail.

“There are currently no plans to remove the barrow crossing at Gainsborough but we are reviewing the safety options in relation to it.

“The investment in the two new bridges and the review into the crossing are two separate projects.”

Back in March Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh wrote to Network Rail asking them to look at its design again.

Sir Edward said: “Network Rail have let me know that they are ‘actively seeking an alternative solution’.

“I welcome this change, and I hope Network Rail will keep in mind the full range of passengers who travel by rail.”

In a response from Network Rail chief Phil Verster, he said: “A diversity impact assessment will be completed for both Brigg and Gainsborough.

“This will help to finalise what facilities will be provided.

”Until that is completed I cannot state what the inal solution will be at each station.

“At a national level NetworkRail is developing a strategy for inclusive design across the Rail Network.

“This will help us to meet, and where possible exceed, our statutory obligations as set out in The Equality Act 2010, in addition to meeting the requirements set out in Persons of Reduced Mobility Technical Speciication for Interoperability (PRM TSI) Jan 2015 and Accessible Train Station Design for Disabled People: A Code of Practice (ACoP) DfT Nov 2011.

“Once a final solution is agreed for each station my team will notify you of the plans.”