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Consultation on rail crossings

posted 15 Jan 2012, 16:11 by Unknown user   [ updated 30 Aug 2012, 06:05 ]
Network Rail staff were on hand at the Greenway Centre on Wednesday to explain proposals for installing footbridges at the rail crossings on Trent Lane and Meadow Lane in Sneinton.

The bridge at Trent Lane links to the Green Way track and incorporates the existing brick and stone bridge piers. On the request of City planners it has been made sufficiently wide to be used by bicycles. The view along Trent Lane will remain very similar to what it is now, with simple open railings and the chance of local people to get involved in planting and improvements. This design was generally well liked by people at the consultation.

The crossing at Meadow Lane seemed a lot less well resolved. It is not planned to link in with the Green Way track, and the Network Rail staff seemed unclear about exactly how the ramp would start under the Green Way bridge on Trent Lane and no views were shown looking from this direction. There were parts of the scheme that seemed like they would attract misuse or just be inaccessible rubbish traps. The appearance of the bridge from the direction of Daleside Road was described as 'prison like' by one visitor. Unfortunately the proposal also includes the demolition of the signal box, considered by many as a part of the area's heritage and a useful aid to safety and supervision in the area.

To view the proposals on line and make comments to the City planners: