18 January 2024
Beverley station’s 130-year-old footbridge has welcomed its first passenger in over 14 months after completion of repair work.
Since May 2023, Network Rail engineers have worked to restore the Grade II-listed structure to its former glory. The original cast iron structure has been strengthened and new parapets have been installed, along with new surfacing and stair treads.
The bridge has also been repainted in traditional shades of red and cream, in keeping with the structure’s heritage, and its wooden canopy has been removed after years of wear and tear, despite objections from Beverley Civic Society and members of the public who wanted it restored.
Local rail enthusiast and regular Beverley station passenger, John Edwards, was invited to be the first person to walk over the bridge.
In September 2022 the bridge had to close on safety grounds to protect the people who used the bridge, as well as train crew and passengers of trains passing below. However, stepped access between the station’s two platforms has now been reinstated following the restoration work.
Kerry Peters, regional director at Northern said: “I’d like to thank everyone involved in this project. The footbridge is a local landmark and the finished result of the restoration looks fantastic. It will now continue to serve the rail users of Beverley for many more decades to come.”