By Laura Maltby Thursday 14 March 2013 Updated: 15/03 08:56
THIS is the how the soon-to-be built bridge at Stratford railway station will look.
Residents were urged to have their say on the best design for the project and have chosen a 'heritage style’ bridge, which council chiefs believe will compliment the existing architecture at the station.
Warwickshire County Council proposed the new £1.26 million bridge, which will be fitted with lifts to provide passengers with better access to platforms.
Anyone currently unable to use the existing footbridge who wants to cross between platforms has to use a pedestrian level crossing under supervision of station staff.
But at a recent community forum meeting, concerns were raised as to whether the bridge would prove value for money if it was only being used by a few people each day.
A spokesman for Warwickshire County Council said it would be impossible to estimate how many people would benefit from the newly-designed bridge but hoped it would be a “significant” number.
They added the project would be paid for using a £1 million Department for Transport grant and £260,000 of developer funding contributions and the intention was to make it easier for people with mobility problems, parents with buggies, and passengers with luggage to reach platforms.
The new bridge will be built near the existing footbridge, which will remain in place as it is deemed an historic structure.
Construction will begin towards the end of the year with the new bridge and lifts scheduled for completion by April 2014.
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