Garforth to pioneer ‘beacon bridge’ for Network Rail
Work will start by the end of May on a new accessible bridge at the Leeds station, the first in the UK to house the design.
The beacon bridge is so named due to the design of its two lift shafts, which will offer rail passengers a safe, step-free option at the station for the first time.
Construction of the £6m investment – part of the Department for Transport’s Access for All programme – starts at the end of May, with completion inked in for April 2024.
While the work takes place, the car park at Garforth will be reduced by around 60 spaces and alternative routes to and from the platforms will be in place.
Chris Wright, senior sponsor for Network Rail, said: “The Beacon bridge has been designed with increased focus on people and place. The structure appears lighter than traditional designs, with the glass deck and stairs preserving views of the adjacent listed road bridge.
“More crucially, it will deliver the long-awaited step-free access that Garforth needs and deserves. Being able to release these images is hugely exciting as we move into the construction phase of the project.”
Tony Baxter, regional director for train operator Northern, said: “We welcome all investment in rail infrastructure. This project will have a big impact on the customer experience at Garforth and we look forward to the bridge opening in 2024.”
The existing footbridge, which is grade two-listed, will be relocated to the Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway in Kent. A temporary footbridge will be installed in June to allow access between platforms to be maintained while the incoming bridge is under construction.