Network Rail Installs First Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Footbridge

A footbridge made from super-strong fibre-reinforced plastic has been installed in Bicester to replace the Jarvis Lane footpath level crossing.

This is part of Network Rail’s plans to eliminate safety risks by – where possible – removing level crossings.

The new footbridge over the railway at Jarvis Lane in Bicester
The new footbridge over the railway at Jarvis Lane in Bicester

The weatherproof material has never been used by Network Rail for footbridge construction before, but means the bridge will require much less maintenance than those made from conventional materials such as steel or concrete.

In addition, the bridge also features steel channels at the side of the staircases so bicycles can be walked across instead of carried, the paths leading to the footbridge have been resurfaced and new signs installed.

This is the first new footbridge to be opened as part of the East West Rail project, which when completed will connect Bicester to Bletchley and Milton Keynes for the first time in 50 years.

Mark Cuzner, East West Rail Alliance Project Director, said:

“Building a new railway is extremely exciting and it’s only right that East West Rail uses the latest materials and technology to get the job done.

“Most importantly, replacing Jarvis Lane level crossing with this new footbridge will make crossing the tracks safer for cyclists and pedestrians now, as well as saving money on costly maintenance in the future. The opening of this footbridge also reinstates the public right of way over the railway benefitting both local people and businesses in the town.”

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