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The railway station footbridge at Cottingham in Yorkshire has been given a new lease of life after a project by Network Rail.
The £880,000 project began back in October and was undertaken to make sure the bridge built over 170 years ago continues to be operational for years to come.
A detailed inspection of the Grade II listed bridge was undertaken after the old paint was removed and life-expired steelwork along with the timber decking were replaced.
A temporary bridge was built at the station to keep passengers moving while the work on the bridge took place.
Improved floor surfacing along with a new coat of paint completed the renovations to the bridge.
Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East route, said: “We’ve carried out this work carefully to protect the heritage of the footbridge and the transformation looks amazing.
“Passengers, people in the community and visitors to the area can now see the bridge in its former glory and continue using it safely and reliably for years to come.”
Tony Baxter, Regional Director at Northern, said: “The work on the footbridge looks fantastic and I would like to say thank you to Network Rail for all the hard work involved in this project.
“Improvements like these at Cottingham are essential in delivering our long-term strategy to create a better railway for the north and is a great example of the rail industry working together to improve the network.”
The Rt. Hon. David Davis MP said: “The restoration of Cottingham Railway station’s bridge to its former glory is greatly welcomed.
While restoring the infrastructure, Network Rail ensured the station was still accessible to passengers through a scaffold bridge and maintained step-free access. I commend Network Rail on their work, ensuring there has been no disruption to vital train services to Hull, York and London King’s Cross.”
Cottingham Councillor Geraldine Mathieson said: “As a lover of railway history I am delighted that this work has been done, and I trust that regular users of the bridge will appreciate the care and attention that has gone into avoiding disruption to services.“
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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