Branston rail footbridge to be removed after complaints

Crossing at Warren Lane in Branston - archive image The Warren Lane crossing has seen one death and 12 near misses since 2005

A temporary footbridge built over a railway in Staffordshire after a dangerous level crossing was closed is to be removed.

The bridge was constructed after Branston's Warren Lane level crossing, scene of 12 near misses and one death since 2005, closed in August.

However after nearby residents' complaints, the bridge will be dismantled by Christmas.

Later this week, Network Rail will outline new plans for the crossing.

Public exhibitions will be held on Friday and Saturday at Riverside Hotel, in Branston, detailing the options which feature a bridge with steps only or a larger one with ramps.

Network Rail route managing director Martin Frobisher said its plan for a footbridge "recognises the need to give safe access over the railway" close to the Derbyshire border.

"We remain fully committed to working with the community to find a solution that balances the requirements of neighbours who may find a structure obtrusive and users whose mobility is impaired," he said.

"We have arranged public events for local people to have their say before we submit a planning application."

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