New footbridge over Barnes level crossing one step closer

Release Date: 11 June 2018

Funding for a new footbridge over White Hart Lane level crossing in Barnes received the green light at a Cabinet meeting last week.

Members agreed to invest up to £821,136 towards the delivery of the new footbridge in the forthcoming financial year. The remainder of the project would be funded by Network Rail and Transport for London.

For many years the residents of Barnes and Mortlake have been requesting and petitioning for the installation of a footbridge at the level crossing. With many schools in the area, especially primary schools, the White Hart Lane level crossing is used by hundreds of children every day along with commuters travelling into central London

A survey undertaken in May 2015 showed on average more than 2,000 pedestrians used the level crossing per day.

This funding will provide an alternative route for pedestrians during times when the train barriers are down, improving safety for all pedestrians.

At the meeting last Thursday (7 June 2018) Cllr Alexander Ehmann, Cabinet Member for Transport, Street Scene and Air Quality said:

“Local residents have campaigned for a footbridge for many years. It is a testament to their efforts that this bridge is not far away from becoming a reality.

 “I am grateful to Council colleagues and officers who have worked tirelessly to find the funding to make the bridge a reality. Without their dedication this project simply would not have happened.”

Cllr Ehmann visited the junction between White Hart Lane and Railway Side in May where he heard views from community members about plans for the new footbridge.

View the Cabinet Report.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P288/18

Updated: 28 June 2018