Bridge on way as tram victim laid to rest

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A PROJECT to build a footbridge over a tram line in the Dispatch district where a 13-year-old girl was killed will move forward “at speed”, it has been revealed.

Lindsey Inger, of Bulwell Hall Estate, died in hospital after the tragic accident on the ‘Bonemill’ crossing, which occurred at about 7 pm on Wednesday November 28.

The notorious spot is between Hucknall and Bulwell, near to the junction of Hucknall Lane and Nottingham Road, and is on the edge of Bestwood Village.

It was also the scene of a double tragedy almost exactly four years ago when Hucknall woman Jean Hoggart and her grandson, Mikey Dawson, also of Hucknall, were killed after being hit by a train at the same crossing.

Young Lindsey has now been laid to rest after an emotion-fuelled service at St Margaret’s Church in Aspley.

But work is continuing behind the scenes to win safety improvements at the crossing where she was fatally injured.

A public meeting held at the community centre in Bestwooid Village heard impassioned pleas from campaigners for a bridge.

Tram and rail bosses said this would be a possibility.

Now Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail, has said: “This location has been the site of tragedy and, at the public meeting, I promised to see if a footbridge could be installed.

“This was in direct response to a request at that meeting and my team immediately started exploring the options available.

“Designs have been drawn up and give an early indication of the size of structure which would be necessary to accommodate all users on this site.

“We are in discussions with Nottingham Express Transit and will meet Ashfield District Council officials in mid-January to develop them further.

“I can assure the community we are pursuing this project at speed. However it is important that we balance that with the need to find the right solution for this site.”

Tramlink Nottingham chief executive Phil Hewitt said: “We are working closely with Network Rail on their ideas for the footbridge.

“We will certainly play our part in making sure that their proposals are developed and implemented as quickly as possible.”

Lindsey’s foster mum, Marlene Starling, said a crossing was vital to save lives.

Independent investigators are collecting evidence to piece together exactly how Lindsey died.