Inger campaign moves step closer

Heartbroken Marlene Starling, foster mum of 13-year-old Lindsey Inger who was killed by a tram G121205-1a
Heartbroken Marlene Starling, foster mum of 13-year-old Lindsey Inger who was killed by a tram G121205-1a

PROPOSALS to build a footbridge close to the accident blackspot where Bulwell teenager Lindsey Inger was killed have been welcomed by her foster mum.

Lindsey (13) tragically died at the tram and train crossing, known as Bayles and Wylies crossing, which is on the boundary of Hucknall and Bulwell, on 28th November.

The horror death sparked a determined campaign from Lindsey’s foster mum, backed by Sherwood MP Mark Spencer, to improve safety and prevent further tragedies.

Now Network Rail, which owns and operates Britain’s rail infrastructure, has closed the crossing and says that a footbridge could be in place by September, with a planning application due to be lodged with Ashfield District Council in the next few weeks.

Lindsey’s foster mum, Marlene Starling (67), who is now receiving counselling following the death of her daughter, said: “It’s brilliant news. I’m so pleased that they are going to do something so that it shouldn’t happen again.

“It’s just a shame that people have had to die before something has been done. We moved here about two years ago and we didn’t even know the crossing was there until what happened to Lindsey.

“I have heard that people want the crossing to stay but we don’t want anyone else to die there. I’d rather drive a few miles than keep it open.”

On 9th February this year, a man was killed at the same location, which also saw the deaths of Jean Hoggart (65) and her grandson Michael Dawson (seven) in 2008 and that of Janet Sawyer (52) in 2009.

Following Network Rail’s announcement, Hucknall MP Mark Spencer has written to Ashfield District Council urging the authority to deal with the planning application as efficiently as possible.

Mr Spencer said: “It’s slow and steady progress, but I am still not comfortable with Network Rail’s timescale.

“I’ll keep the pressure on to get it done as quickly as possible to get it right and I’ve also told them that if anyone is holding it up, I will write to them or visit them.”

A spokesman for Network Rail said that residents would be invited to a future exhibition of the plans, adding that it wanted to get the “right solution” for the site.