Temporary footbridge installed as Network Rail legal challenge still unresolved

Raised footpath under the bridge in Clapham. Image: Facebook/Heather Telford

Bedford Borough Council has installed a temporary raised footpath under a railway bridge in Clapham while it waits for a legal challenge with Network Rail to be resolved.

The Council says it is having to pursue Network Rail under the Land Drainage Act in response to flooding under the railway bridge on Lovell Road in Clapham.

Read: Council and Network Rail at loggerheads over responsiblity for flooding under Clapham bridge

During periods of heavy rainfall, drivers are advised to avoid the route, or if driving under the bridge, to reduce their speed to limit the amount of water that could splash pedestrians.

The recommended alternative route for motorists to avoid the bridge during times of flooding is Milton Road – Highfield Road – Station Road, and vice versa.

A spokesperson for Bedford Borough told the Bedford Independent: “We are awaiting a response from the solicitors instructed by Network Rail Infrastructure and continue to chase this.

“The new footbridge is only intended to be a temporary measure and we hope a permanent resolution can be found as soon as is possible.”

However, in a statement, Network Rail reitoriated their belief that the responsiblilty for draiange remains with the council.

“Network Rail maintains the position that the highways drain and any issues with it are the responsibility of Bedford Borough Council,” said a spokesperson.

“Conversations are ongoing and we hope that the issue will be rectified soon.”

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