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Lighting fight for 'horrendous' Spalding bridge goes on

The fight for better lighting for a ‘horrendous’ bridge carries on - with Lincolnshire County Council now thought to be responsible.

The issue of the badly lit Steppingstone Bridge in Spalding has been running for many months - with residents said to avoid it after dark.

Spalding Town Forum chairman Roger Gambba-Jones said councillors held a meeting with Network Rail and raised the issue of the bridge.

Steppingstone Bridge, Spalding
Steppingstone Bridge, Spalding

During that meeting it emerged the high sided bridge is Network Rail’s standard design for a line that could possibly be electrified in the future - helping to protect overhead cables.

It was also revealed that Network Rail’s responsibility ends with making the bridge structurally safe. Coun Gambba-Jones said: “The structure is theirs. As long as nobody gets injured by a hole appearing in the structure, by a step coming loose, by a hand rail falling off or the bridge falling down they effectively have no interest.”

Councillors will now ask Lincolnshire County Council to improve the existing street light on the bus station side - and consider another light on the other side of the track.

Coun Angela Newton said: “More people might use it if it was lit - it’s pretty horrendous and frightening how it is.”

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