Six month Brayford closure finally set for footbridge build

A new footbridge will finally be installed at the Brayford Wharf level crossing at the end of October, with a road closure in place for six months.

As previously reported, works to build a footbridge over Brayford Wharf East rail crossing were due to start at the beginning of October but were delayed.

The work will now begin on Monday, October 29 in a project that will see a stepped footbridge installed at the crossing, which will provide a new route across the railway with improved safety.

Due to the works, Brayford Wharf East will be closed to traffic until Monday, May 6 2019.

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

A clear signposted diversionary route will be in operation. The layout of the road will be changed slightly to allow the bridge to be installed.

For the vast majority of the work, access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained however there will be short periods of time when a diversion, which will be clearly advertised, is in place to allow certain parts of the installation to take place safely.

Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director at Network Rail, said: “This scheme is part of the Railway Upgrade Plan and we’re absolutely delighted to be making a start on it. The new bridge will provide a route across the railway 24 hours a day, seven days a week and improve safety at the crossing.

“We know that this work will have an impact and we’d like to thank motorists and residents in Lincoln for their patience whilst this takes place. Once completed, the people of Lincoln will benefit from an iconic footbridge which will better serve the community.”

NCP car park

The Brayford Wharf East NCP car park will remain open during the works. A spokesperson from the company said: “Following local media reports on the road closures for the Lincoln Bridge construction, NCP has had concerned customers asking us if our Brayfield Street car park is closed during these works.

“We would like to highlight to all concerned that both NCP High Street MSCP & Brayford Street car park will remain open for business at all times.

“Access will be from Wigford Way onto Brayford Wharf East and we will have staff on site to help inform customers of the situation and to prepare them in advance. We remain totally open for business throughout this period.”