Work to build Brayford footbridge starts this summer

Network Rail confirmed that work will be starting on the Lincoln Brayford footbridge this summer.

Proposed dates for the construction of the controversial footbridge indicate the works could last for six months.

According to roadworks.org, the start date is August 20, 2018 and a completion date of January 30, 2019, with workers set to be on site from 8am until 5pm daily.

The roadworks website details a proposed date for the development of the footbridge.

When asked by The Lincolnite about the date range for construction Network Rail staff confirmed that the dates are “broadly correct,” but said that the company remains in discussion with the City of Lincoln Council to get the timescale finalised.

The latest, scaled-down, designs. Designs: Stem Architects

Network Rail also confirmed that there will be road closures while the construction is ongoing to ensure that the workers are safe.

Preliminary works started on the footbridge in April, as ground and services investigations were being carried out.

The Lincoln Brayford footbridge plans were initially refused by the City of Lincoln Council, whose planning committee felt that the removal of two lift shafts restricted access for disabled people.

Network Rail then appealed the decision with the national Planning Inspectorate, stating that it would be “too expensive” to include lifts, adding that people who cannot use the stairs can wait at the barriers.

The footbridge has undergone a number of delays and redesigns since its initial proposal.