West Sussex railway footpath to be closed over safety concerns

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PEDESTRIANS are taking their lives in their hands by ignoring a new footbridge over a railway line.

The £3m Fishbourne footbridge opened at the end of August, but since then people have continued to cross the tracks – leading to some near-misses.

Network Rail has now sought a temporary closure of the crossing, where three people have died.

The company’s community relations manager Rupal Patel said: ‘While the footbridge has been open, there have been a number of users who have chosen to take the safer route over the bridge, but until a legal decision is taken on closing the foot crossing, it has remained open for use.

‘Due to the ongoing risk to both public on the crossing and users of the rail network, this led Network Rail to request a temporary closure of the crossing from West Sussex County Council, while the process to seek approval to make a permanent diversion is completed to prevent any further safety events occurring.’

The temporary closure is due to take effect from Monday.