Worries voiced over Hucknall footbridge

A FOOTBRIDGE to be put up over a notorious level crossing on the border of Hucknall and Bulwell could create a danger of its own, it has been claimed.

At the annual Bestwood parish meeting, village resident Jack Ashworth said he was worried that vandals could throw stones over the top of the bridge.

He told the meeting he raised his concern at a consultation about the proposed bridge over the crossing, which is on a route for trams and trains.

“I suggested that the bridge should be caged instead of being open-topped but I understand this is not being done,” said Mr Ashworth.

Strong calls for the bridge were made after 13-year-old Lindsey Inger, of Longford Crescent, Bulwell Hall Estate, died tragically when hit by a tram at the crossing on Wednesday November 28 last year.

A man was killed earlier this year at the same location, which also saw the deaths of Jean Hoggart (65) and her grandson, seven-year-old Mikey Dawson, both of Hucknall, in 2008 and that of Janet Sawyer (52) in 2009.

Lindsey’s foster mum, Marlene Starling (67), said a bridge should be put in place as soon as possible ‘whatever the cost’ to prevent another death at the site.

At the Bestwood meeting, Coun Chris Barnfather (Con), the village’s representative on Notts County Council, said the authority’s finance and property committee had handed over a piece of land required for the footbridge, which was due to be erected during the summer.

The crossing is currently closed and Network Rail is not prepared to re-open it until the bridge is erected.