Network Rail have delayed bringing it to the station because of technical issues over the installation between them and the building company, Dyer and Butler Ltd.

But the rail company has promised the council to deliver it by the end of 2014, and at the very latest, by 12th January.

The majority of the bridge has been paid for by a £1 million grant from the Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ scheme.

The other £700,000 was provided by Warwickshire County Council, Network Rail, and London Midland.

Complete with two lifts that can hold 16 people each, it will be located eight metres further down the platform than the existing footbridge, which is being kept due to its historical value.

In early 2013, residents in Stratford were asked to vote for one of three designs proposed by Network Rail.

The ‘heritage’ style, pictured, beat both the ‘standard’ and the ‘modern’ style.

The bridge will have two lifts, which can each hold 16 people, plus stairs.

The bridge will have two lifts, which can each hold 16 people, plus stairs.

Unsuitable

The recent state of Stratford’s railway station has angered many in the town who feel it is an unsuitable doorway to a tourist town.

After poor staffing levels led to a four-day closure of the ticket office, a working party of local councillors and London Midland representatives was set up last week.

The station has been short two members of staff since London Midland cut 150 jobs in March.

But London Midland’s Head of Snow Hill services, Brenda Lawrence, said two jobs for the ticket office are now being advertised on the train company’s website, and urged Stratford residents to apply.

Another issue highlighted by rail users is the glare on the automated ticket machine and last week London Midland promised to spend £1,300 fitting a “daylight view screen” to the machine.