Network Rail start work on Fishbourne footbridge

The current pedestrian level crossing at Fishbourne, which will soon be replaced by a footbridge C130024-2 PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT
The current pedestrian level crossing at Fishbourne, which will soon be replaced by a footbridge C130024-2 PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT

WORK has started on the new footbridge at Fishbourne which will replace the current footpath level crossing.

In recent years there have been a number of incidents at the crossing including three fatalities, 22 near misses with trains, nine reports of misuse and 18 acts of vandalism, according to Network Rail.

The new bridge will link Fishbourne Road East and Westgate.

Tim Robinson, Network Rail’s route managing director for Sussex, said: “Network Rail is committed to improving safety when crossing the railway and will close level crossings and replace them with bridges where ever possible.

“This crossing has a history of incidents and misuse. We have worked with the local authority and engaged with local people to close it and the new bridge will make crossing the railway in Fishbourne safer for thousands of people every year.”

Work started at the end of April and the bridge is due to open in August.

Network Rail said the majority of the work would take place during the day but there would be some unavoidable night-time work.

The company said residents would be written to in advance to give warning of the possible disruption.