Too scared to cross town bridge in dark

Spalding residents are scared to cross Stepping Stone Bridge in the dark
Spalding residents are scared to cross Stepping Stone Bridge in the dark
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FRIGHTENED Spalding residents are calling for something to be done about a town bridge they are too scared to cross at night.

Stepping Stone Bridge which goes over the railway line between Park Road and King’s Road, was replaced with a new high sided structure last year but the main street light has not worked for months.

The tallest light in this picture is not working.

The tallest light in this picture is not working.

One Spalding woman refuses to cross the bridge alone, and would rather walk all the way round.

She said: “I have to cross the bridge to get to the train station but won’t go over on my own in the dark.

“It’s pitch black when you get to the top.”

South Holland district councillor Roger Gambba-Jones, who represents the Wygate ward, said he has been trying to get something done about the bridge since it was installed.

He said: “By happy coincidence there is one street light which shines on the bridge.

“However, if you happen to be walking away from the light, it’s absolutely pitch black.

“The other problem is that the high sides mean you cannot see who is on the bridge until you get to the top.

“I can see why people are reluctant to cross it at night.”

Coun Gambba-Jones said there is also a problem with standing water on the bridge which he has reported to Network Rail.

He said: “Several residents have been in touch about the bridge, which is living up to its name.

“While the two decks between each set of stairways, on either side of the bridge, have been fitted with drains to take away the water when it rains, for some reason, Network Rail has not installed anything on the main span of the bridge.

“People using the bridge are apparently resorting to their own form of stepping stones in order to avoid getting their feet wet.”