STRATFORD-upon-Avon residents and rail users are being asked to choose their favourite design for a new £1.26 million footbridge at the town’s railway station.
It is hoped the new footbridge will provide better access to the platforms, and allay fears about the future of the station ahead of the new £8.8 million Stratford parkway station, due to open in Bishopton in May.
Residents and rail users have three design options to choose from, a standard Network Rail design, a heritage style design, and a more modern and contemporary design.
The new passenger bridge will have lifts at the station, to make it easier for people with mobility problems, parents with buggies, passengers with luggage, and anyone else that has difficulty accessing the platforms using the current footbridge which only has steps.
The new bridge and lifts are scheduled for completion in spring 2014 and Warwickshire County Council is currently in the early stages of the design.
Expected to cost £1.26 million, the Department for Transport’s Access for All fund is providing a £1 million contribution towards the costs with the rest being raised from local developer funding contributions.
A public exhibition at the railway station is being held from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th February to enable people to express their views at the start of the design process.
For those who are unable to attend the public exhibition, the design images and an online feedback form can also be found at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/stratfordtownstation
Cllr Peter Butlin (Cons, Admirals), the county council’s portfolio holder for transport and highways, said: “We really would welcome the views of local residents and other people who use the town station, particularly thoughts on the style of the bridge that will be built, so I would encourage people to come and view the public exhibition.
“The new footbridge is part of our plans to provide better access for all at the town station.”
The existing footbridge cannot be altered to accept lifts and it cannot be removed because it is a structure of local historic value.
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