Public welcoming of footbridge plans over Lincoln level crossing, says Network Rail
Network Rail says its plans for a new footbridge over the railway line in Lincoln were broadly welcomed by visitors to the showcase at the Brayford last week.
More than 150 people viewed plans for during a two-day exhibition.
A planning application for the bridge, which includes lifts at each end, is expected to be submitted in December.
Nick Curtis, 37, who lives in the west end of Lincoln, said: "I think this is long overdue.
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"It looks quite a big structure but I suppose it has to be.
"It is so modern in this part of town anyway. Overall, it looks like quite a good scheme."
Retired midwife, Sue Hathaway, 56, from Lincoln, said she supports the scheme in principle.
"But I think they should have started with the High Street end first.
"It's a nightmare trying to get around Lincoln when the barriers go down.
"I was stuck at the High Street crossing for 15 minutes in the rain the other day.
"But I think what they're planning for the Brayford crossing is a monstrosity.
"I know they have to cater for disabled access, but why can't they do something like an iron footbridge?"
A proposal for a bridge over the High Street level crossing will go out for public consultation in the New Year.
Network Rail spokesman Rachel Lowe said: "We recognise that the High Street will take longer but we are really keen to get going in Brayford Wharf East.
"Now, it is starting to become a reality."
The company has confirmed that access to pedestrians and vehicles will remain at ground level when the barriers are up.
Traffic will cross the tracks in single file.
Paul Coathup, assistant highways director at the county council, said: "We're working with Network Rail to see what highways improvements would be needed to support their plans for footbridges at the level crossings.
"In order to facilitate this, we are exploring ways in which we can make road space available to widen the footpath and provide space for the bridges.
"This could involve putting in a one-way system clockwise, northbound along Brayford Wharf East and southbound along the High Street to the junction with Tentercroft Street, to free up the necessary road space."
Jonathan Baker, a 24-year-old solicitor who lives on the first floor of Witham Wharf, said: "I think it's an interesting solution to a problem that shouldn't really exist in the first place.
"Not many cities can claim to have an enormous footbridge right in the heart of the city centre.
"However, it seems to be the only practical solution. With the surrounding area generally being modern or recently developed buildings, we may as well embrace the uniqueness of the solution with an eye-catching design."