Bridge a blight

I was delighted to read your article about how difficult it is to get over the Stockbridge roundabout bridge with pushchairs, wheelchairs, even shopping trolleys.

Delighted to hear of people’s difficulties? Not at all! Delighted because I have already written to the paper about the difficulties the new bridge over the railway line near Tesco is going to cause anyone who wants to get across, and the Observer seems to be agreeing.

Has anyone who thinks these monstrous bridges are a good idea actually tried to go over with a wheelchair, a bicycle, pram? Putting up this bridge is akin to using a tank to kill a fly – completely OTT! Thousands of people cross every day, granted, but how many deaths have there been?

I believe the answer is three in a decade. Of course nobody wants anyone to die under a train, but this is a gross overreaction. I pleaded for a gate that would ‘see’ people coming and open only if there were no train in the vicinity.

Nobody would get stuck on the tracks if the gate only opened if there were two full minutes (or thereabouts) to cross. Nobody would have to play Tarzan pushing their whatever-with-wheels up and over.

I would not like to be 75 with a shopping trolley, a young mum with a pushchair loaded with shopping, or, in fact, myself pushing my mother in her chair.

Perhaps if the powers-that-be left their offices, got on their bikes and tried out some of the bridges that already exist, they wouldn’t be in such a hurry to blight the landscape with more.

How about another revolutionary idea? When a new road system is built, put in a subway system, like at the top of North Street, so we can go under the road, and which would be so much easier to use rather than a great ugly thing requiring colossal strength to get over!

We can but live in hope.

Bridget Stap

Godwin Way