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Calls for a Spalding 'very frightening bridge' to be lit up after the Sarah Everard case

Calls have been made for a ‘very frightening’ bridge in Spalding to be lit up - after the Sarah Everard case put the focus on safety.

People have contacted South Holland district councillors to share safety concerns about Steppingstone Bridge - with some even refusing to use it.

The bridge, which links Park Road with Kings Road , is the responsibility of Network Rail - and Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, Chairman of Spalding Town Forum, wants the firm to review its safety.

Stepping Stone Bridge, Spalding (45596331)
Stepping Stone Bridge, Spalding (45596331)

Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting he said: “The recent events and the tragic death of Sarah Everard bring to the fore the concerns about public safety particularly that of women walking alone at night.

“Steppingstone Bridge has been highlighted and the risks that people experience - in particular members of our female population, no matter their age - when using this bridge if they are brave enough to.

“I do know a number of women who refuse to go anywhere near it and some who won’t even use it in day time because of the people who loiter about on it.

“My proposal is to restart the campaign, which was sadly unsuccessful, of getting Network Rail to remove the sheet steel sides and replace them with lattice work.

“They completely blank out any ambient light that may come from surrounding street lights.

“The proposal is that, yet again, on behalf of Spalding Town Forum we communicate with Network Rail and express our great concern about public safety on that bridge and request that they review that with a view to improving the arrangements up there by changing the sides of the bridge and consider, again, adding illumination to the bridge itself instead of relying on the existing street lights.”

Coun Angela Newton agreed that the bridge is ‘very frightening and hoped that if the area was better lit that people would be ‘less fearful’ and that the bridge would be used more.

However, a spokesman for Network Rail subsequently told the Lincolnshire Free Press that the structure meets its standards and that the lighting would need to be addressed by the local authority. They said: “Network Rail is responsible for the structure itself which meets current standards. Lighting on the bridge/public right of way is down to the local authority.”

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