An £800,000 project to strengthen, refurbish and brighten up the footbridge at Narborough station in Leicestershire will take three months to complete.
From Monday 21 September, work will be undertaken to remove the main footbridge span, completely renovate it and then put it back in place. The refurbishment works mean the bridge will remain fit for purpose for passengers and people visiting the town, as well as providing a boost to the traditional aesthetics of the station.
The metallic elements of the footbridge will be stripped back to bare metal to allow repairs to be carried out, before being fully repainted in the heritage colours of green and white, to match the recently painted signal box. Work will also be carried out to improve the surfacing across the footbridge and its adjoining staircases. The project is expected to be completed in mid-December.
To accommodate these works, the footbridge will be temporarily closed for two-months between Monday 28 September and Friday 27 November. During this time, passenger access between platforms will be via Narborough level crossing. Step-free access to each platform will be maintained and works will not impact on train services.
Neil Grabham, customer services director for East Midlands Railway, said: “The temporary closure of the footbridge at Narborough will allow Network Rail to make the necessary improvements to the structure for future use for passengers. “Step free access will be maintained as passengers can use the level crossing to get across to the other platform. The works do not impact on any of our train services. We would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.”