Telford Central Footbridge
Work is now underway to replace the existing Telford Central footbridge that connects the train station to the town centre. This project is funded entirely by a Department of Transport grant that the Council bid for and won.
The existing bridge has reached the end of its “lifespan” – it would be very expensive to maintain. Repainting alone would cost in excess of £1m and it would require further ongoing maintenance.
It also doesn’t meet modern design standards and the access ramps to the bridge do not meet disability requirements. If you’ve ever tried crossing the bridge in a wheelchair, pushing a child’s buggy or with heavy luggage, you’ll appreciate just how steep it is.
The current bridge also does not provide a good welcome for people arriving to Telford by train, a journey that many people coming to the International Centre one the UK’s most popular conference venues make. If you’ve crossed the bridge in the cold, dark and wet, you’ll have experienced this.
The replacement bridge due for completion by the end of 2018, will address these issues. Lifts will give suitable access to the railway station platforms, ensure the bridge meets design requirements and is easy for all to use. It will be much easier to maintain and provide a much better welcome entrance to Telford from the station.
This is a very complex engineering project over two dual carriageways carrying around 14 million vehicles a year and a live railway with four trains per hour.
The new bridge’s design concept is now complete and work begins on 30 October 2017, along with traffic management on the A442 and rampart way.
The A442 and Rampart Way will remain open with a 40mph speed limit in place on short sections for the vast majority of the project. This is to keep the workforce and motorists safe as foundation and construction work is carried out next to Rampart Way, some barriers are necessary. There are some overnight closures planned when large parts of the new bridge will be hoisted in by cranes during late summer 2018.