Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson calls for new footbridge

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson at the dangerous Fishermans Path crossing.

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has written to Network Rail to elevate the priority levels for installing a footbridge at Fishermans Path following the tragic death of a 22-year-old woman at the crossing last week.

The Liverpool University student from Glastonbury was reportedly struck by a train at the crossing as she tried to rescue a dog that had wriggled beneath the existing crossing gates.

Network Rail announced in April this year after being contacted by Formby Labour councillor Nina Killen with concerns about safety at the crossing, that a bridge was to be installed on Fishermans Path.

The company told Cllr Killen: "Wherever possible we aim to close or upgrade level crossings. With that in mind, we have secured funding for a footbridge at Fishermans Path and if all goes to plan, it should be installed within the next 18 months. Until that happens we will continue to inspect and assess the crossing, with all users safety being the main priority."

But Bill Esterson this week called on Network Rail to bring forward the installation of the bridge.

Bill said: "The tragic death of the 22-year-old student this week highlights the dangers of the level crossing at Fishermans Path, which has been highlighted previously by Cllr Nina Killen.

"Cllr Killen's concerns have unfortunately proven to be all too prophetical.

"This crossing is dangerous and action needs to be taken sooner rather than later.

"It is shocking that a busy crossing like this leaves crossing pedestrians with just eight seconds of warning to from seeing an oncoming train before it gets to the crossing.

"Network Rail has clearly identified the dangers here and have committed to installing a footpath. I have written to Network Rail to call on them to install it sooner rather than later.

"This crossing is usually a busy one, with dog walkers and hikers. In the summer period, it obviously gets busier as people flock to the beach and the pinewoods. We need this bridge installed as soon as possible, particularly before we enter the next busy spring and summer period.

"My thoughts are with the young student's family and friends who must be heartbroken at this time."

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson at the dangerous Fishermans Path crossing.

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson at the dangerous Fishermans Path crossing.

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson at the dangerous Fishermans Path crossing.