The next phase of work to improve the footbridge at Welwyn Garden City station will begin later this month.
From Saturday 20 November, Network Rail teams will carry out repairs to the steelwork underneath the bridge to strengthen it. The work will make sure it remains fit for purpose for years to come.
This is the latest stage of improvements and follows work which took place last year to strengthen the bridge, repair and repaint the lattice work and install new lighting.
To allow the work to take place safely, the stairs to/from Hydeway will temporarily close at 06:00 on Saturday until 04:30 on Monday on the following dates:
- 20 November to 22 November
- 27 November to 29 November
- 4 December to 6 December
- 11 December to 13 December
- 18 December to 20 December
- 29 January to 31 January
During this time, pedestrians wanting to enter or exit the station via Hydeway will need to walk via Bridge Road to the main station entrance in the shopping centre which will still have access to the footbridge and platforms. Rail services won’t be affected by the work.
Sarah Reid, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Coast route, said: “We’ve already made major improvements to the footbridge at Welwyn Garden City station and this latest stage of work will make sure it can connect people between the town centre, the railway station and east Welwyn Garden City for years to come.
“The complex project can only be completed safely when the stairs leading to Hydeway are closed, which is why temporary weekend closures are in place. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes and we’d like to thank passengers and people in the community for their patience.”
Jenny Saunders, Customer Services Director for Great Northern, said: “We can reassure our customers that this work by our partners at Network Rail won’t affect rail services in any way. However, it may take you longer to get into the station if you normally use the footbridge from Hydeway on the east side of the tracks, so please allow extra time.”
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