SHEFFIELD railway station footbridge could be made a public right of way under plans approved by the city council's cabinet highways committee.
Councillors have approved proposals to make a legal order which would prevent East Midlands Trains mounting ticket barriers preventing non-rail passengers from crossing - even though it could lead to the council having to pay for upkeep and security costs.
Officers have also been instructed to try to reach a voluntary agreement with the operating company and put pressure on the Government to include unimpeded access to the bridge when East Midlands Trains' franchise is up for renewal in four years.
The move was backed by campaigners from Residents Against Station Closure and Transport For All.
Catherine Walsh, from Transport for All, said: "I think it's very important that access is maintained. It affects local residents around Norfolk Park and Park Hill and people who use the tram."
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