New look to Butterley line

The new footbridge over Midland Railway Butterley.
The new footbridge over Midland Railway Butterley.

A 75 tonne crane was needed to fit the new footbridge at Midland Railway–Butterley.

The red cast-iron walkway, rebuilt in the 1950s, once lived at Loughborough station. But after Network Rail completed a refurbishment of the Leicestershire stop - it agreed to donate it to the Midland Railway for use at Butterley.

The main span and step section of the bridge were finally craned into place on Tuesday, December 3.

Development officer at the trust Allan Calladine, said: “The new bridge changes the appearance of Butterley Station giving it a much more important look and when open it will give a very different viewpoint. There are no plans to use platform two for train services in the near future but it does allow displays to take place on that platform and will allow for development later.”

Mr Calladine said there was some concern when lifting the bridge into place - due to how close it sits to the Alfreton Model Railway Society building - although the operation was successful.

The walkway is not yet open to the public as minor works are still needed to it, he added.

Currently passengers cross a bridge on Derby Road to get to platform two via a set of steps, but the trust were concerned about the increase in car traffic along the route.