The Westbourne (or Hampden Street) footbridge over the railway runs between Alfred Road and Westbourne Park Villas. Dubbed ‘mugger’s bridge’, the footbridge has many faults and has long been the subject of complaints and criticisms.
As part of the Crossrail Act Crossrail is legally obliged to improve this crossing point. It has now submitted a Schedule 7 application – the equivalent of a planning application. The plans involve installing a ramp providing disabled access on the south side of the bridge. If approved the works will happen later this year.
A ramp will be an improvement on the current position, but it is widely recognised that the proper solution would be a new bridge. Instead, what is being offered is a poor quality bodged job.
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