No case to save railway footbridge at Greenfield station?

GREENFIELD Station footbridge could be placed on Historic England’s register of listed structures.

The railway footbridge

But a local railway campaign group insists the bridge is just over four decades old and doesn’t require special treatment.

Highways England (HE) are currently undertaking a project to assess railway infrastructure on the Leeds to Stalybridge line for possible addition to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

“We will consider all representations made before finalising our assessment and making our recommendation to the Secretary of State,” says Paul Fox from Historic England.

However, feedback from the Greenfield Rail Action Group (GRAG) is unlikely to be for saving the footbridge, which was installed after a previous subway was prone to flooding.

Much of the ‘ironwork’ is said to be a GRP replica.

The railway footbridge

“Our view is that it would seem it is not an original structure and therefore of little or no historical interest,” says Mark Ashmore, Chair of GRAG.

It is believed the current footbridge was installed in 1975 and of similar design to one at Black Rock, Heyrod.

Further information on the Greenfield bridge and other structures on the route can be found on the website: www.historicengland.org.uk 

Meanwhile, the future of Moorgate level crossing in Uppermill remains unclear after a survey on usage by Network Rail last summer.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “We have carried out surveys into the crossing.

“This is standard procedure and allows us to find out more information from local residents about how often they use the crossing. But there is no further update at the moment.”

 

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