As part of its plans to build a pedestrian footbridge over the Brayford level crossing, Network Rail is proposing to improve and expand the swan jetty on Brayford Pool.
The firm says the existing swan jetty is becoming an unhygienic eyesore, which is a serious health risk to the swans and other local birds.
Network Rail plans to move the swan jetty to provide a wider footpath area in order to improve connectivity with the university campus.
The swans would be relocated to a series of organic floating landscaped islands which connect to the existing island on the Brayford Pool.
The islands would have varied native plant species and would float a non-toxic plastic raft, anchored at the bottom of the pool.
As part of the new entrance to the university campus, Network Rail is also looking at relocating the old signal box.
John Plumridge, the University of Lincoln’s Director of Estates and Commercial Facilities, said: “The footbridge will make a massive contribution to improving the safety and ease of movement of both staff and students at a key entrance to the campus.
“The design also improves pedestrian linkeage with Brayford warf east and the highstreet retail areas,” he added.