Network Rail has secured permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch line to provide a safe public route across the railway in advance of the work to build the space needed for 1.4km of extra track.
The bridge has been designed with consideration of the environment and visual appearance and VolkerFitzpatrick will begin building the new structure in the coming weeks. Alternative footpaths and bridleways will also be provided to connect the new footbridge to the local network of paths.
The new bridge, to be built on the site of the existing Gun Lane level crossing, will provide an alternative safe route across the railway for walkers, horse riders and cyclists to access the countryside. This will also allow Network Rail to permanently close six pedestrian level crossings in the area, including Gun Lane, to improve public safety.
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “This is a significant milestone in increasing freight services and improving reliability for passengers as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. While closing level crossings to improve safety is always challenging, the bridge will provide a safer connection to the countryside for the community.”
John Cox, managing director of VolkerFitzpatrick’s rail division, said: “This project is another stage in our contribution to developing the railway within Anglia. As the line is developed and additional freight trains begin to run ensuring the safest passage for pedestrians is of vital importance.”