Cramped footbridge to be knocked down and rebuilt as part of rail works
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A RUN-DOWN footbridge will be rebuilt after the council agreed to fund £600,000 as part of Crossrail works to replace a road bridge.
The Crossrail project works - a major new railway link being built under central London - include raising and replacing the Stoke Poges Lane road bridge for electrified power lines beneath.
On the back of the work, cabinet councillors decided to invest in the 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity to rebuild the current run-down and cramped footbridge, as part of the project.
They agreed to pump £600,000 into the project at a meeting at Chalvey Community Centre, in The Green, on Tuesday.
Work will include widening the road bridge to six metres - removing an 'historic pinch point' in the road network - and rebuilding the council's pedestrian footbridge into a two metre wide, integrated footway, as part of the new road bridge.
Future footbridge maintenance would then fall to Crossrail and Network Rail - saving the council £140,000 over 40 years.
Work is set to start late 2013 and end early 2014. Stoke Poges Lane will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians during the works.
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Aug 10, 15:49