A regular passenger at Beverley Station, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, was the first person to cross the tracks using a newly-restored footbridge.
John Edwards, a local rail enthusiast, became the first person in 14 months to use the 130-year-old bridge, following a refurbishment project.
The bridge closed in September 2022 due to safety concerns and the need to protect not only the people who use the bridge but also crew and passengers on trains passing under the structure.
Network Rail engineers have been at work since May restoring the Grade-II listed bridge to its former glory. The original cast iron structure has been strengthened, new parapets have been installed, surfaces have been replaced and stair treads have been renewed. In keeping with the structure's heritage, the bridge has been repainted in traditional shades of red and cream though, after many years of wear and tear, the wooden canopy has been replaced.
Rebecca Winter, Senior Asset Engineer at Network Rail, said: “I'm delighted that this historic, much-loved bridge has been fully restored and has reopened thanks to the hard work of our engineers.
“The bridge dates back to the 1880s but, thanks to its restoration, it looks as good today as it did when it was first installed over 130 years ago. I want to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out this work, but now hope that it is used and cared for throughout the years to come.”
Kerry Peters, regional director at Northern, added: “I'd like to thank everyone involved in this project. The footbridge is a local landmark and the finished result of the restoration looks fantastic. It will now continue to serve the rail users of Beverley for many more decades to come.”