A SCHEME to improve access to Hayle train station has been unveiled.
Central to the £811,000 plans is to close the existing footpath crossing and replace it with a safer alternative north-south link for passengers travelling though the station.
Over the past four years, there has been one fatality at the crossing and five near misses.
John Pollard, leader of Cornwall Council and Hayle North councillor said the aim of the scheme was to improve passenger safety.
“This is an excellent scheme creating a safer and much needed access to the station from the north,” he said. “The additional works to the old railway cutting will also enhance the area.”
The improvements include turning the disused harbour branch line into a footpath and cycleway. New access will be created to the south west of the station car park and a ramp will be built to connect the underpass to platform two.
The joint scheme, devised by Network Rail, First Great Western, Cornwall Council and Sustrans, will also see the footbridge to the north east of the station resurfaced.
Bert Biscoe, portfolio holder for transport and waste, said: “It is good yet again to see the partnership between Cornwall Council and Network Rail in action. Let us hope that this small step for safety will lead to a giant leap in usage of the railway station and will improve connectivity within Hayle for its residents and visitors.”
The plans will see the station become more cycle friendly, with not just the creation of a cyclepath but also the installation of bike hoops to the rear of platform two.
Improved signage with link markings will be created from the car park to the underpass and better lighting will be installed at all access points.
The replacement of the pedestrian crossing in Hayle is part of Network Rail’s closure programme which it has rolled out nationwide.
Patrick Hallgate, route managing director for Network Rail Western, said: “Successfully closing a crossing isn’t always a straightforward process. I thank Cornwall Council, Sustrans and First Great Western for the help they’ve given us.”