Edwardian railway footbridge restoration complete
An historic station footbridge on the Cumbria-Lancashire border has been completely overhauled for passengers.
Work totalling £370,000 has been carried out refurbishing Arnside station’s 110-year-old footbridge as part of the Great North Rail Project.
Steelwork was repaired and replaced, and anti-slip flooring, new lighting, and repainting has brought the Edwardian-built bridge up to modern safety standards.
Ian Cockle, project manager at Network Rail, said: “This essential work to this much-loved feature at Arnside station means the footbridge will be safe and reliable for passengers for years to come.
“This bridge was built in 1910 and has been regularly maintained over the years, but to secure its long-term future it needed a full-scale overhaul. I hope people are as pleased with the final result as we all are.”
Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “It’s fantastic to see the complete restoration on the bridge at Arnside.
“The bridge is an important part of the heritage of the railway in the area and it’s great to see Network Rail and Northern working together to preserve our history and to help passengers.”
Work on the bridge started in December and a temporary footbridge was installed for passengers to get to each platform.
It’s one of a number of similar bridge restorations by Network Rail to celebrate and restore structures important to Britain’s railway heritage.
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