I went past Casula Railway Station yesterday and saw the station has a footbridge over the two platforms when there is a road crossing at the end of the southern end of the platform. It made me consider what other stations have these unecessary structures built.
If you'd actually stopped to look at this supposedly "unnecessary" footbridge, you would have noticed that the level crossing is not in use and has been closed
. It only remains as a means of getting hi-rail type vehicles on and off the tracks.
From a public safety perspective, better to have people cross at an "unnecessary" footbridge than a level crossing, no matter how many bells and lights it has. Just visit Melbourne, where they have many level crossing related incidents each year, some of them fatal.
From the top of my memory, Granville railway station has a footbridge that only connects the 4 platforms at the Eastern end: considering there is an exit footbridge of the western end of the platform.
Perhaps you should visit Granville in peak hour, when people are changing from western line trains to south line trains and vice versa. Having an additional footbridge reduces crowding on the entry/exit stairs at the country end of the platform. This prevents incidents when people charging down stairs to catch a train knock people trying to climb the stairs.
Also the Sprint platform footbridge at Lidcombe Railway Station could also be removed considering it also has an exit footbridge that connects Platform 1 (where you walk up to the sprint platform to Olympic Park) to the rest of the platforms.
I'm glad YOU approve of the demolition of this footbridge. If you'd actually engaged common sense when posting this, you would know that during major events, large numbers of passengers want to transfer from the Sprint Platform to Platform 4 to catch West/Bankstown/South Line services. Forcing them to walk all the way to the country end would just create overcrowding and congestion.
There is a railway station up in Newcastle called Hamilton that also has a footbridge when there is a road crossing at the end of the platform as well.
Ever consider that this is to allow people to cross the tracks without having to wait for the level crossing to cease? Hamilton is an interchange between Hunter Valley and Central Coast line services, and it is important to provide an option to allow people to change platforms when changing trains.
I don't know your rationale for removing these supposedly unnecessary footbridges, but you'd best actually VISIT the locations concerned before running off on a crusade like this. Do people just not think before posting, or what?