Dinas Powys Plaid Cymru has urged Network Rail to work with residents to reduce inconvenience as they plan to remove Eastbrook footbridge for around two months, with the political organisation saying the current temporary solution is "likely to cause many people significant disruption".
Network Rail intends to undertake refurbishment work on the footbridge and platform area of Eastbrook Train Station, removing the footbridge as part of this process on the 14th August. The current target date to reinstall the bridge is October 3rd, leaving residents with no choice but to use the level cross between Brookside and Castle Drive for just under two months.
Additionally, the station's car park is set to be closed for a similar period, between the 9th August and 9th October and part of Cardiff Road, the A4055 through Dinas, between junction Redlands Road, Penarth and Barry Docks Link Road, will be closed overnight between 9pm and 9am, on both 21st/22nd August and 2nd/3rd October Cardiff Road, to remove and replace the bridge.
Dinas Powys Plaid Cymru has released a statement on social media urging the company to work with residents to come up with better short-term solutions while the work is undertaken.
In their statement, Dinas Powys Plaid Cymru said:
"We would urge Network Rail to work with residents and reduce the inconvenience that the work will cause. When the footbridge at Cogan Station was refurbished a few years ago a temporary bridge was erected."
A follower of the political organisation on Facebook commented her opinion on the matter, saying:
"I'm not complaining about the repairs to the bridge, but am concerned with regard to getting from Chamberlain Row across to Eastbrook side if you catch the train from Eastbrook as its a very long way to walk back to Eastbrook from Chamberlain Row especially if you are disabled and rely on the train to get you to town etc?"
In a letter to residents nearby, Network Rail explained they would try to keep disruption to a minimum, stating:
"Our teams are aware that they are working close to your home and try to minimise disruption as much as possible, but we apologise in advance if you are disturbed during these works."