Foot and cycle bridge plan over railway line at Hamworthy given the go-ahead (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Foot and cycle bridge plan over railway line at Hamworthy given the go-ahead
LONG-awaited proposals for a pedestrian crossing over the railway line at Hamworthy have been unanimously approved by Poole planners. The ramped foot and cycle bridge will span the railway line between the Harbour Reach development and Hamworthy Park and save residents a long walk to the park along busy Blandford Road.
The project is estimated to cost £390,000 to £440,000, funded by developer contributions and an interest free loan, and has the support of many residents and local residents’ associations.
The little used railway line is a branch off the main line, which goes to the port. Poole Harbour Commissioners are keen to keep it in use.
Pat Bullock, chairman of the Friends of Hamworthy Park said they fully supported the application.
She pointed out there had been a short cut route across the railway since 1847, which was lost when the Harbour Reach development plans were approved in 2005. “The proposed crossing has been an aspiration of the community ever since the development of the Shapwick Road site was first mooted,” she said.
She added that the lengthy delay had resulted in proposals for improvements of the eastern end of the park being put on hold.
Lake Residents Association chairman Mary Parsons said: “This is not only beneficial to west Hamworthy residents and Rockley Park visitors.”
She said it was of ‘immense importance’ to present and future residents by providing safe access to Hamworthy Park.
Hamside Residents Association chairman Ann Smeaton said: “From our residents’ perspective the sooner the proposed new ramped foot and cycle bridge is built the better.”
Cllr Mike White on behalf of Conservative ward members said: “We are absolutely delighted as we have been campaigning for a link here for some years. Hopefully work will start in the spring and the bridge will be complete next year.”
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