Plans for footbridge over railway

PUBLISHED: 20:00 24 June 2016

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A ‘high risk’ footpath crossing over a railway line in Weston-super-Mare could be replaced with a pedestrian footbridge.

A planning application has been submitted to install a new footbridge connecting Loxton Road in the Coronation estate with Coleridge Road in the Bournville estate.

Network Rail is seeking permission from North Somerset Council to build the bridge, which it says will ‘improve the safety’ of the crossing.

Network Rail said: “There are warning signs at each approach to the crossing, but individual footpath users are required to judge for themselves when it is safe to cross.

“Access to the crossing from the side of the line is along a pedestrian walkway which is only two metres from the running edge of the Weston line. This walkway is open to rail traffic travelling at speeds of up to 60mph.”

It also said a large number of people using the crossing are unaccompanied children due to the nearby schools and youth centre.

It said: “Network Rail considers that this level of vulnerable users deems the crossing to be of high risk.”

The application is available to view on the council’s online planning portal.

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