Temporary bridge to stop accidents

The new footbridge linking the platforms at Thorne South train station.
The new footbridge linking the platforms at Thorne South train station.
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Passengers arriving at Thorne South station yesterday found a new footbridge linking the platforms had been built over the weekend.

The bridge was installed by Network Rail to reduce the risk to pedestrians by fully separating them from trains, following recent near-miss incidents.

The bridge was taken down from Hope station in the Peak District, and transferred to Thorne last week.

Phil Verster, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “We became concerned about misuse of the level crossing at Thorne South station after reports that pedestrians had been involved in near-misses.

“Our team was actually on site with staff from Northern Rail and South Yorkshire PTE, looking at options for a permanent bridge on January 8, when a lady was struck by a train when using the crossing.

“We took the decision we needed to take swift action and this footbridge has been installed as a temporary measure.

“We are in discussions with the local authority to design and install a fully accessible, permanent structure as quickly as possible.”

Northern Rail’s area director, Richard Allan, welcomed the footbridge, saying: “Thanks to a close working relationship with Network Rail and South Yorkshire PTE, we’ve been able to identify and implement this project together.”

The temporary structure is a stepped footbridge so fully accessible access has been transferred to Thorne North station until a permanent structure is installed at Thorne South. Northern Rail is providing additional staff at Thorne North to assist passengers.

Leaflets are being provided to users explaining the arrangements and new signs have been installed. The level foot crossing at Thorne South has closed with immediate effect.