Worries raised over poorer visibility on Chipping Sodbury bridge due to railway project

January 31 2016

CONCERNS about reduced visibility have led to councillors pressing for mesh to be used on the top of a railway bridge in Chipping Sodbury.



CONCERNS about reduced visibility have led to councillors pressing for mesh to be used on the top of a railway bridge in Chipping Sodbury.
Network Rail needs to raise the height of the sides of the bridge on Dodington Road as part of its major electrification programme.
The bridge carries traffic over the Bristol-London line south of Chipping Sodbury School and the higher sides are needed for safety reasons.
Network Rail said there had to be a barrier between those using the bridge and the overhead electrification equipment once it was installed in order to protect the railway and those crossing it.
As well as increasing the height of parapets, anti-climb measures will also be taken to prevent trespass.
But South Gloucestershire councillors were worried that the higher sides would reduce visibility on the bridge, where there have been a number of accidents.
They have now asked Network Rail to consider the use of mesh for the top part instead of the proposed perforated steel.