New footbridge over busy section of railway is officially opened

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A footbridge is to replace a footpath level crossing on a busy section of the West Coast main line where trains travel in excess of 100mph.

Brock level crossing, near Bilsborrow, close to Preston, is the first of 200 crossings that Network Rail is aiming to close before April 2019 on the London North Western route.

The new bridge will provide a safe way to cross the railway and see the permanent closure of the level crossing.

The new footbridge was opened by Jen Olivine, chairman of Myerscough and Bilsborrow Parish Council.

Ian Joslin, area director for Network Rail, said: “This new foot bridge is a positive first step as part of our commitment to close 200 level crossings across the route by 2019.

“The West Coast main line is one of the busiest railways in Europe and trains travel through this area at very high speeds. With safety being at the heart of everything we do as an industry, closing this level crossing is an obvious decision and the new bridge will provide a much safer route across the railway.

“We are in the process of identifying other level crossings to close and will continue to liaise with local authorities, landowners and interested parties up and down the route to continue to make the railway a safer place.”

Jen Olivine added: “At long last, there is a safe crossing over the railway in Bilsborrow for those walking the footpaths that lead up to Brock Bottoms, providing a gateway to the Forest of Bowland. Our thanks go to Network Rail and its contractors, Murphy, which have delivered beyond what we could have expected and with such care and consideration.”