Bridge plans face impasse

Pictured outside Sheffield Railway Station are MP Paul Blomfield and protesters against the closure of the footbridge.

Pictured outside Sheffield Railway Station are MP Paul Blomfield and protesters against the closure of the footbridge.

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Plans for a second footbridge at Sheffield Station appear to have hit an impasse two years after £3 million was pledged to build it.

A day of ticket checks on the current through-route sparked fresh public outcry, but the bodies involved failed to give iron-clad assurances about a new bridge.

The Department for Transport promised cash for a second bridge connecting the area near the station’s tram stop to the town centre in February 2012 after a long-running barrier row.

A DfT spokesman said: “We are fully aware there will be a need to ensure pedestrians can still cross the railway if ticketing gates are installed at Sheffield Station.

“We continue to work closely with local partners to consider the best way forward.”

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “Following on from the Government’s announcement of funding for a new pedestrian bridge, an initial meeting took place between the council and Network Rail to discuss how the project can be taken forward.

“The council firmly believes a public through-route at the station is essential to Sheffield and it will contribute positively to maintain this in light of government plans to install barriers on the current station bridge.

“We are still waiting for Network Rail to come back to us with proposals.”

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We remain in discussions with the DfT, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and East Midlands Trains about the access requirements at Sheffield Station.

“There are currently no plans to install gates at the station.

“A second footbridge for the station is one of a number of options being discussed by the partners.”

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