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New pedestrian railway bridge to open near Morley station

The new footbridge close to Morley station.

The new footbridge close to Morley station.

 

A railway footbridge is now complete almost three years after a teenager was killed by at a crossing near Morley Station.

Natasha Elliot, 16, died after being hit by a train while trying to get her dog off a pedestrian crossing point near to Morley train station in May 2010.

The crossing, a public right of way, was closed in November that same year and has remained so ever since.

Calls were made for the crossing to be made safer, with ideas such as warning lights and signals.

But Network Rail has gone a step further afterbuilding a footbridge to provide a safe crossing and rejoin the paths that lead to Elland Road and Churwell to the path that runs parallel to the railway on the east side by the station.

Coun Janet Harrison, Churwell’s representative on Railway Corridor Regeneration Scheme, said the group had been working with Network Rail and other groups to achieve the bridge build, which will hopefully be opened before Christmas.

The structure is a simple steel girder bridge with enclosed parapets and approach staircases resting on individual concrete pillars.

A spokeswoman for Network Rail said: “The main structure of the footbridge was installed at Valley Road in Morley last weekend.

“We have a few concluding works to the bridge and the approach pathways which are being undertaken this week and we plan to open the bridge to the public after this work is completed.”

Coun Neil Dawson said he welcomed the impending re-opening of the footpaths and said Network Rail had done “an excellent job”.

“I have visited the footbridge, which is very secure and allows people to cross this busy railway line safely,” he said.”

 

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