Safety fears lead to new railway bridge

The new footbridge linking the platforms at Thorne South train station.
The new footbridge linking the platforms at Thorne South train station.

A new footbridge has been built at a Thorne station after a woman was injured when she was hit by a train while crossing the tracks.

Safety fears had already been raised before the collision at Thorne South in January, with reports of a number of pedestrians being involved in a series of ‘near misses’ at the level crossing between platforms.

But now passengers using the station will find a fully accessible footbridge linking the platforms when the line reopens to rail services on July 8.

A temporary stepped structure which was installed in January has now been replaced with the purpose-built bridge which has both steps and ramps for easier access.

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

“The temporary structure was brought in to allow us to close the level crossing.

“Shortly after that was installed we were forced to close the line to trains following the spoil heap slip at Hatfield Colliery.

“Our engineers have worked closely with local planning teams, Northern Rail and the Office of Rail Regulation to make sure that we had a permanent solution in place in time for the reopening of the line.”

Richard Allan, Area Director at Northern Rail, said he welcomed the opening of the footbridge.

He said: “With services beginning to return to normal along the route to Thorne South station, it’s an excellent result to have this footbridge open and operational.

“It’s a fantastic improvement for our customers and reiterates our commitment to safety at our stations.”

Services at the station have been disrupted for months after a massive landslide caused by the collapse of a slag heap at a colliery in Hatfield in February.