level crossing at Brayford Wharf East

For pedestrians in Lincoln, there is only one thing more frustrating than being cut off and having to wait at the level crossings – and that is the news that the long overdue footbridges planned to be built across them could be delayed once again.

According to reports in the Lincolnshire Echo, the cost of the footbridge at Brayford Wharf East has become a cause for concern. This has caused Network Rail, who own and maintain Britain’s rail infrastructure and are responsible for building the bridge, to take a second look at the design and pricing.

level crossing at Brayford Wharf East
Passers-by still see no sign of the footbridge, despite a proposed start date of Autumn 2013 (Photo: Gregor Smith)

It is expected by some to mean delays for the construction of the bridge, which had already been put back to January 2015 from an original start date of Autumn 2013 due to unexpected utility features within the footprint of the plans.

However, Ric Metcalfe, the leader of City of Lincoln Council, was optimistic, telling the Echo: “We are aware Network Rail is currently carrying out a cost review process ahead of commencing build work. They continue to keep us informed of progress and we look forward to seeing work start in January.”

Any significant change to the current bridge design would mean it would have to restart the planning permission process, which can take several months before receiving a council’s final approval.

According to Network Rail’s website, a public consultation on Lincoln’s footbridges is still open. Emails can be sent to LincolnConsultation@networkrail.co.uk or you can find out more on their website.