New bridge will boost safety for thousands

Harriet Lee, 16

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WORK has started on a footbridge at a notorious level crossing.

Contractors for Network Rail have started building the footbridge at Fishbourne.

The new bridge will link Fishbourne Road East and Westgate.

In recent years there have been a number of incidents at the crossing, including three fatalities, 22 near misses with trains, nine reports of misuse and 18 acts of vandalism.

Tim Robinson, Network Rail’s route managing director for Sussex, said: ‘Network Rail is committed to improving safety when crossing the railway and will close level crossings and replace them with bridges where ever possible.

‘This crossing has a history of incidents and misuse. We have worked with the local authority and engaged with local people to close it and the new bridge will make crossing the railway in Fishbourne safer for thousands of people every year.’

The bridge is due to open in August. Network Rail said the majority of the work would take place during the day.

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