Plans for Welwyn Garden City footbridge

The footbridge next to the old Shredded Wheat factory. This picture was taken in 2016 when Network Rail closed it off for a period of time for unknown reasons

The footbridge next to the old Shredded Wheat factory. This picture was taken in 2016 when Network Rail closed it off for a period of time for unknown reasons

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Plans are in the pipeline to replace old railway footbridge steps in Welwyn Garden City and also add a lift.

ZM Land & Capital, which is the company behind Welwyn Garden City’s Wheat Quarter development, has submitted a planning application to Welwyn Hatfield Council.

The company, which owns the old Shredded Wheat site, wants to demolish the steps on the Hyde Way side of the bridge and replace them.

For some years, members of the public have voiced concerns about the bridge, including its condition, lack of disabled acccess and inadequate lighting.

The footbridge is owned by Network Rail and was built in the 1940s.

A previous application was submitted in March 2017 for the refurbishment of the bridge, but did not include the proposal for a lift.

In a planning document prepared by Meinhardt for Wheat Quarter Ltd, it was noted: “The Project team proposes a bridge refurbishment which maintains all the features of the existing planning consent for the Welwyn Garden City footbridge (resin bonded surface finish, steelworks painting and new pedestrian lighting) but at the same time, it adds additional value by proposing a lift at the Hyde Way Lane end which will give a new DDA compliant access, and a new drainage system to avoid leaking.”

It was also noted: “At present, it is intended that the construction period should end in March 2019 to tie in with works to the western end of the bridge being undertaken by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) as a part of the National Stations Improvement Scheme but this very much depends on the cooperation on the Welwyn Garden City footbridge owner Network Rail.

“Works on site are considered to last circa 35 weeks.”

The report continues: “Through coordination with GTR and Network Rail, we aim to seek consistency between the bridge refurbishment and the station works and also a common timeline which will enable the refurbishment of the footbridge to be completed in time for the centenary celebrations in 2020.”

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