VIDEO: Work on ‘lifesaving’ Fishbourne footbridge begins

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AFTER years of controversy, work began recently on a footbridge to replace the pedestrian crossing on the railway line at Fishbourne.

Plans for the bridge got the thumbs up in October last year and the scheme was largely welcomed by district councillors and teachers from the nearby Bishop Luffa school, which sees a number of its pupils use the crossing on a daily basis.

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

In October, Bishop Luffa head teacher Nick Taunt said: “The need to build a footbridge at this dangerous crossing has been recognised for many years. The team that conducted the official survey in 2006 anecdotally expressed their dismay at the inherent danger of the crossing’s layout. This footbridge will save lives.”

Network Rail started work at the end of April and said it hopes the bridge will be complete by August.