Ramps for Hinksey rail bridge - safe access for all!

  • By: Peter Rawcliffe
  • Target: Network Rail, County Council, Oxford City, Vale of White Horse, and Department of Transport

The railway bridge on the vital public footpath between Oxford and South Hinksey
is inaccessible to many people. A unique opportunity exists to ensure access for all. We are doing all we can to make this happen - please give us your support!

This bridge connects the New Hinksey/Grandpont/Abingdon Road area of Oxford to South Hinksey. It is to be replaced by Network Rail, because it needs to be higher to allow for electrification of the line. The existing bridge is high and steep. The new one will be higher still.

The bridge is already difficult, or impossible, for many people, particularly those with bikes, babies in buggies, small children and people who find steps difficult. There is no wheelchair access.

The new bridge should have pedestrian ramps. This would make it safe and accessible for all. Ramps are not included in Network Rail’s plans, but this is the ideal time to include them.

Network Rail claim they cannot afford to put ramps on every bridge along the line. However, this particular bridge is on a vital, very well used, public footpath: it deserves special consideration.

People from Oxford want to get into the countryside, to the garden centre, golf course and beyond. People from South Hinksey want to get to the local shops, doctor, dentist, pharmacy, community centre and farmers’ market. Many want to go on into Oxford - cycleways and buses connect to the city centre. Many journeys are being made by car because the bridge is inaccessible.

Both our local MP’s support this campaign.

We urge Network Rail, the County Council, Oxford City and Vale of White Horse councils, and the Department of Transport to work together, seize this unique opportunity, and ensure equal access for all.

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