Planned footbridge given permission at Bestwood Village where Bulwell teenager was killed

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Planning permission has now been given for a new footbridge across a notorious level crossing at Bestwood Village.

Thirteen-year-old Lindsey Inger, of Longford Crescent, Bulwell Hall Estate, lost her life when she was hit by a tram on Bayles and Wyles crossing last November

The tragedy occurred nearly four years to the day after Jean Hoggart and her seven-year-old grandson, Mikey Dawson, both of Hucknall, died when they were struck by a train at the same spot.

Planning permission was yesterday granted for a footbridge over the crossing.

Ashfield District Council granted the planning application submitted by Network Rail for the erection of ramped footbridge over railway and tram lines at the level crossing, Mill Lane, Bestwood Village, and it is hoped that work will begin on the structure early next month.

Councillor Chris Baron, Portfolio Holder for Customer and Corporate Services, Planning and Partnerships said: “I am pleased that planning permission has been granted.

“Residentscan now be assured that on completion, this footbridge will enable them to safely get over the lines without fear of further accidents.”

The news of the planning permission has been welcomed by Marlene Starling, the foster mum of Lindsey.

She said: “It’s about time The bridge is going to get built and it will help but the crossing should not have been as it was in the first place.

“It should have been closed like so many others like it should have been.

“To think that Lindsey could still be here is heartbreaking. I just live every day, no matter what but it kills me. There’s no end to it.”

But Marlene added that she had recently read reports that Network Rail had been warned of the dangers of the crossing following earlier deaths.

Sherwood MP Mark Spencer has been fighting for a swift decision on the planning application. He said: “It’s another step in the right direction. There will be children wanting to get from Bestwood Village to Hucknall to school so I hope it is completed by September.