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Is wait nearly over for Pitsea rail bridge?
A THREE-YEAR wait to get a footbridge over the railway line at Pitsea could soon be over.
Waste firm Veolia was given planning permission to build the £750,000 bridge and cycle track near Pitsea Station Approach in 2010, but has been unable to start work because of legal wrangles with Network Rail over lowering overhead power cables.
Because of the delay Veolia has had to ask Basildon Council to extend its planning permission for the project.
A spokesman for the company, which runs the nearby Pitsea landfill site, said: “In 2010, we were granted permission to build a footbridge and cycleway over the railway line near Pitsea station, subject to a condition which required a start within three years.
“We remain committed to the project, but have been frustrated in our efforts to complete the development as a result of issues around access to the site.
“We recently applied to to extend the timescale for commencement and have undertaken some ground clearance work.
“We are confident we will shortly reach the appropriate legal agreements with Network Rail, and then be able to proceed.”
The project was welcomed by commuters and residents, who say the road bridge outside Pitsea station is dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians because of its narrow pavement.
The new bridge was first mooted in the early Nineties, as a condition of Veolia’s planning consent to to dump more rubbish at Pitsea tip.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “We are in contact with Basildon Council regarding the required access to build the proposed footbridge and cycle path.
“Conversations are ongoing.”
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