I am delighted that following many months of discussions, the Council have been able to approve a clear plan to resolve the level crossing saga. Whilst I strongly disagreed with Network Rail’s initial decision, I am grateful to them for helping to reach a conclusion which will allow all residents - whether able-bodied or disabled - to safely cross the railway line at Suggitt’s Lane. I know this will also be welcome news to local people and the nearby businesses which have been adversely affected by the closure.
I do not believe this solution would have been reached without the intervention of the Prime Minister who has taken a keen interest in the matter and regularly asks me for updates. The necessary public engagement and planning processes will now commence following which the bridge will finally be built by the Prime Minister’s Autumn deadline.
Local residents can have their say about the footbridge, including about how accessible it will be, the colour of the bridge and antisocial behaviour measures by completing the Suggitt’s Lane survey.
Residents may also be interested in the following documents: