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St Ann's railway bridge made safer with new lights

Published Thursday 17 June, 2021
Last updated on Thursday 17 June, 2021

A notorious railway bridge will be safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross thanks to a £40,000 investment by Swale Borough Council.

The St Ann’s footbridge in Faversham has had new LED lighting units installed to make it easier and safer for people to use.

The new lights will help local people, including schoolchildren negotiate the previously unlit steps on the bridge.

The works included installing 24 new LED light units and a new control cabinet for the electrical supply.

Cllr Julian Saunders, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“Local people have been asking for something to be done with the bridge lighting for years, and it’s great that we’ve finally been able to get a solution.

“We’ve had to work with Network Rail to make sure they were happy with what was installed as they are responsible for the railway line, but now the work is complete, it will help residents get around safely, especially in the darker winter months.”

Cllr Eddie Thomas, deputy cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“If we want people to take less car journeys and use healthier and more sustainable alternatives like walking and cycling, we have to make sure the infrastructure is up to the job.

“In the dark people would avoid the bridge altogether as the steps were difficult to see, and parents might be tempted to use the car to get their children to school on the other side of the railway line.

“Now we’ve got the lights installed, we’ve made it easier for people to travel the relatively short distances on foot, or by bike, which will benefit all of us.”

Funding for the lights came from the council’s special projects fund, which has an annual budget of £1 million to invest in improvements to the local environment.