Sheffield railway station bridge delay

Protest on footbridge at Sheffield Station by campaigners who want it kept open to all.
Protest on footbridge at Sheffield Station by campaigners who want it kept open to all.
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Progress has stalled on plans for a second pedestrian footbridge costing £3 million at Sheffield railway station.

The Department for Transport set aside the cash more than a year ago.

But, since the funding was offered, one meeting has been held between the Department for Transport, Network Rail and Sheffield Council. A second meeting has not been arranged.

The extra bridge proposal aims to resolve a long-running row over plans to install ticket barriers at the station, which would see the existing bridge gated off to non-passengers.

Residents of Park Hill and Norfolk Park launched a series of protests about the barriers saying they would be banned from a ‘safe, accessible’ route into the city centre as a result.

The second bridge scheme aims to provide residents with an alternative.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who helped broker the funding from the Government, said: “I would hope that the council will work closely with Network Rail to ensure that the project can be delivered at the earliest opportunity.”

Residents Against Station Closure campaign group said that, while it would ‘like to see progress’, they were happy no further ‘manual’ ticket checks have been carried out at the station in the meantime.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for business and development, said: “The important issue is that access between Park Hill, Norfolk Park and to the city centre will be maintained.”