Long-awaited Lincoln High Street footbridge begins to take shape

The steel bones of the much-anticipated footbridge over the Lincoln High Street level crossing have begun to surface, with Network Rail stating works are on track for a May, 2016 completion.

As previously reported, works to build the footbridge and elevators over the busy crossing were delayed by eight weeks when a significant level of asbestos was found during demolition work.

When work began in March, developers had hoped the bridge would be partially open in time for the 2015 Christmas period.

The Lincoln High Street level crossing pedestrian footbridge from Network Rail, as viewed from the upper High Street.

The Lincoln High Street level crossing pedestrian footbridge from Network Rail, as viewed from the upper High Street.

With construction back on course, the bridge is now set to open in May next year.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Work is progressing well at High Street, with piling complete and the steelwork structure currently being lifted into place.

“The steelwork will be completed in January and we still expect the bridge to open in May 2016.”

Photo: The Lincolnite

Photo: The Lincolnite

The bridge was part of a scheme which was also set to develop a pedestrian footbridge over the Brayford Wharf East level crossing, initially planned for a 2013 completion.

After a number of delays, this project ground to a halt with the operator stating it was no longer affordable.

Network Rail and stakeholders involved in the construction of the Brayford Wharf East bridge are continuing meetings surrounding the proposals.

They added: “We continue discussions with the council and other stakeholders regarding the footbridge at Brayford Wharf and hope to provide a further update in the coming weeks.”