A BUSY Stone railway crossing’s new footbridge has opened to boost safety for walkers.
The bridge at Whitebridge Lane replaces the level crossing, which will now be permanently closed to cut risks for people who need to cross the railway.
Around 200 trains travel over the crossing every day and the opening of the new bridge will allow for the line speed to be restored to 110mph, helping to reduce journey times for rail passengers.
Terry Strickland, area director for Network Rail, said: “This new footbridge is a further positive step as part of our efforts to close 200 level crossings across the LNW route by 2019.
“The West Coast main line is one of the busiest sections of railway in Europe. Safety is at the heart of everything we do as an industry and closing this level crossing was an obvious decision to take. The new bridge will reduce risk and provide a much safer route across the railway.
“We are in the process of identifying other level crossings to close and will continue to liaise with local authorities, landowners and interested parties up and down the route to continue to improve safety on the railway.”