Safety fears raised about Kenilworth railway footbridge - The Leamington Observer

Safety fears raised about Kenilworth railway footbridge

Leamington Editorial 23rd Nov, 2017   0

SAFETY fears have been raised over a lack of light on a Kenilworth footbridge.

The well-used bridge between Farmer Ward Road and Priory Road has recently undergone a £182,000 refurbishment as part of the new Kenilworth railway station scheme.

But railway enthusiast Fraser Pithie claims both Network Rail and Warwickshire County Council have ignored repeated requests to replace a street light which has never been repaired after being damaged several years ago.

Mr Pithie said: “A fifth of the time and effort that’s been spent telling me that the light couldn’t be put back up would have seen it restored.

“The holes for the bracket on the bridge are still there, the electricity cable is there too, all it needs is a short vertical piece of tubular steel (lamp standard) and a light”

Mr Pithie was so concerned the bridge could attract muggers during dark winter mornings and evenings he took a photograph of what a walker sees when using the bridge to go towards the town centre.

He added: “The picture shows the insecure nature of this footbridge in terms of personal security and safety after dark. I sincerely hope nothing happens to anyone but if it does the I would contend that Warwickshire County Council and Network Rail will have contributed between them to allowing an insecure and unsafe situation”

A Warwickshire County Council said the authority had no plans to fix the light on the bridge as it was not part of the current Kenilworth station project. There will be a lit bridge over the track at the new station.

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