Brayford footbridge on track, says Network Rail

The multi-million pound Brayford level crossing footbridge project is on track to be completed in less than two weeks.

As previously reported, the 100 tonne footbridge was finally pieced together overnight in April with the arrival of the central walkway and steps.

The Venus Flytrap-looking structure was craned into place after being transported from a workshop in Newark.

Work will continue on the new bridge until Tuesday, May 14 with the level crossing re-opening on Wednesday, May 15.

When The Lincolnite asked Network Rail about the progress of the project the railway company said it is all still on track for these dates.

A pontoon was put in near the beginning of April to connect Brayford Way to the university campus.

A pontoon to connect Brayford Way to the university campus. Photo: Joseph Verney for The Lincolnite

The structure was completed on April 5.

Platforms were lifted onto the water with a giant crane for a pontoon to ease some of the chaos caused by road closures. It also allowed for better access for university staff and students getting on and off campus.

It has not yet been confirmed what will happen to the pontoon once the level crossing has re-opened.

The north side of the bridge. Photo: The Lincolnite

The project has hit a number of delays along the way. Brayford Wharf East was closed to traffic for six months and was originally meant to re-open on May 6.

The crossing was also closed off for pedestrians in January with the finish date initially delayed until March 4 at the earliest, but these dates were both extended.

At the time Network Rail said high water levels and loose ground had contributed to the delays of the project.

When The Lincolnite spoke to Network Rail around five months ago the railway company were confident the footbridge will be worth it.

The Lincolnite asked people in the city what they thought of the structure. The bridge was compared to both a dinosaur and a Venus flytrap.