Alternatives called for on railway footbridge design

ALTERNATIVE options are now being called for by North Kesteven District Council to the footbridge designs put forward to accompany plans to close Southgate Level crossing in Sleaford.

Lincolnshire County Council has narrowed down its options for a proposed footbridge to carry pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users over the railway line at Southgate if the road is closed to traffic as required under the planning conditions to bring a new Tesco store to the former Advanta Seeds site.

In the spring the County Council put forward four options and have now narrowed that down to two, but following the town poll on the subject, the District Council, although insisting the crossing must still be closed, is asking for further alternative schemes to be explored.

NKDC’s Corporate Director Karen Bradford said: “People have been very animated in their views on the footbridge design options presented by the County Council and it has determined the most popular two from those four designs presented for consultation.

“What we’re doing as a council is asking the County Council to also look into the possibility of alternatives which function at ground level and without the need for extensive configurations of ramps and steps,” she said.

The county council has already said it would be looking at a less ‘iconic’ design alternative for the bridge as well as its two preferred options.