Steve Double MP welcomes potential Cornish location for iconic St Austell rail footbridge

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has welcomed news from Network Rail that the iconic Victorian footbridge in St Austell could find a Cornish home.

It had been feared that the bridge could be removed from Cornwall altogether and put in Wales, despite protests from the St Austell community.

Commenting, Steve said:

“I was pleased to recently hear from management at Network Rail that the Bala Lake Railway in Wales had decided to withdraw their interest in the St Austell rail footbridge.”

“Even more so that the Helston Railway in West Cornwall has now shown a strong interest in acquiring the structure.”

“My preferred option has always been that this iconic part of our town should stay where it is and be restored, but keeping it in Cornwall is certainly a step in the right direction.”

“I remain in correspondence with Network Rail regarding the future of the bridge and will continue to do what I can to keep it as close as possible to its current position as this is the clearly expressed will of many local people”