Network Rail postpones removal of Botley Road footbridge

The rail authority is carrying out a £161m upgrade of the rail station.

The road was closed in April last year and will reopen in October, according to Network Rail.

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Project managers had planned this weekend to remove the pedestrian footbridge, which leads from the station to the other side of Botley Road as part of the works.

But this has now been postponed. 

Oxford Mail: The Botley Road footbridgeA Network Rail spokesman said: “Having reviewed our plans, we’ve decided to leave Botley Road footbridge in place for now so that we cause as little disruption to the community as possible.

“We’re postponing the bridge removal for at least few weeks but this won’t affect the overall timings for our project.

“In the meantime, work will continue on diverting the utilities under Botley Road rail bridge.”

The entire project was delayed when a Victorian arch was discovered beneath the rail bridge.

The rail bridge is due to be replaced later this year.

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