Network Rail Installs First Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Footbridge

A footbridge made from super-strong fibre-reinforced plastic has been installed in Bicester to replace the Jarvis Lane footpath level crossing.

This is part of Network Rail’s plans to eliminate safety risks by – where possible – removing level crossings.

The new footbridge over the railway at Jarvis Lane in BicesterThe new footbridge over the railway at Jarvis Lane in Bicester

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The weatherproof material has never been used by Network Rail for footbridge construction before, but means the bridge will require much less maintenance than those made from conventional materials such as steel or concrete.

In addition, the bridge also features steel channels at the side of the staircases so bicycles can be walked across instead of carried, the paths leading to the footbridge have been resurfaced and new signs installed.

This is the first new footbridge to be opened as part of the East West Rail project, which when completed will connect Bicester to Bletchley and Milton Keynes for the first time in 50 years.