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Written by Ian Bowskill - 09 Aug 2006
last update by Marcus Dawson - 02 Jan 2013
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Location notes
A former foot crossing which has now been upgraded to a foot bridge, about a mile south of Arlesey station, Bedfordshire on the ECML.
Railway type and traffic
There is regular First Capital Connect, East Coast, First Hull Trains and Grand Central services with some freight operated by Freightliner, DB Schenker, GBRf - and the occasional charters.
Environment
In open countryside on the edge of Arlesey.
Never had hassle there beyond the 'are you a trainspotter?' question. Disarmed the questioner with a 'no, I am a professional photographer' reply. :-)
Road directions
Leave the A507 and head into Arlesey. On entering the village take the first left into House Lane and at the end of House Lane bear left into High Street. The footpath leads off from the right hand side of High Street, between houses, just before the mini roundabout at the junction with Lynton Avenue.

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Arlesey, Co-op Crossing map co-ordinates
Parking
Unrestricted roadside parking available.
Public transport
FCC services to Arlesey or Stagecoach bus from Hitchin or Arlesey station to nearby bus stops.

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Amenities
No amenities but a short walk to shops. There is also a decent fish and chip shop in nearby Stotfold - Charles Fish and Chips, 9 Regent Street, Stotfold. Comes highly recommended - mention Trainspots and get a Free can of drink with every meal over 2.50!
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Arlesey, Co-op Crossing

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Arlesey, Co-op Crossing general view map
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Arlesey, Co-op Crossing



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Photographic notes
Line runs straight for a fair distance in each direction, virtually north/south. Shots of trains on the fast available both north and south/am and pm but northbound slow line shots are best am and southbound slow line shots are best pm.
The new foot bridge has high sided barriers along the steps prohibiting a shot from them. You could stand on the hand rails to see over but this would be hazardous. Both sets of steps face north so there is a limited potential for a southbound shot but OLE masts are very prominent in the frame from the steps.
From the base of the steps similar shots to the original foot crossing ones can be had. But the use of steps would be essential to get over the current fence which is around 6 foot high.
At the time of visiting the over bridge section was open, but there are mounting points in place suggesting a cage could be fitted over the top in the future.


General views - All photographs © Ian Bowskill unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north - Image Marcus Dawson


Fig 1 - Looking north - <i>Image  Marcus Dawson</i>


Fig 2 - Looking south - Image Marcus Dawson


Fig 2 - Looking south - <i>Image  Marcus Dawson</i>


Fig 3 - Looking north - Image Marcus Dawson


Fig 3 - Looking north - <i>Image  Marcus Dawson</i>


Fig 4 - Looking south - Image Marcus Dawson


Fig 4 - Looking south - <i>Image  Marcus Dawson</i>


Fig 5 - Looking west - Image Marcus Dawson



Fig 5 - Looking west - <i>Image  Marcus Dawson</i>

The new bridge as viewed from the footpath approaching from the Arlesey village side

Location Video

Current views from 24:00-26:45




Older video at the site before the footbridge.



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