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£2,750raised of £10,000 target by 62 supporters

Weʼre raising £10,000 to Save, restore and reinstate the 1892 timber footbridge at Alton railway station in Hampshire, UK.

Alton, Hampshire, UK

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The History

Alton was provided with a footbridge at Alton station, Hampshire, in 1892. It was an open timber structure, held together by bolts and brackets. This was not good enough for the 'Ladies of Alton', so they lobbied the railway company and got it covered in 1894, and windows provided in 1896. Research has revealed that these ladies were in fact part of the women's suffrage movement. Having out-lived all the other timber footbridges of its era, a replacement was provided with lifts in 2013 (further up the platform). It was felt by Altonians that the old footbridge was of historical significance and was an integral part of the station ambience for those visiting the Watercress Line on platform 3.

The Campaign

In 2014 a pressure group was set up: Friends of Alton Station. This was the start of a very long, drawn-out process of negotiating with Network Rail. At first, it was thought that Network Rail could repair the bridge within their budgets, but when work started on site, it was soon clear that a lot more work was required to bring it up to standard. There have been several dates set for the removal of the footbridge, but as of May 2019, the date has been set for March 2020. The object of this campaign is to raise funds to pay for the removal and restoration of the footbridge, ready to put it back in its original location. It is an expensive project, so apart from appealing to the public, we are also seeking companies and funding bodies who can contribute.

The Project

Our goal is complete restoration, in its current position. In order to achieve this, we are negotiating with Network Rail regarding the removal, with the aim of dismantling the footbridge into a kit of parts. This will allow it to be stored away and restored at a pace commensurate with the funds available and the manpower. Once the restoration work is complete, the final part of the puzzle is to reassemble the bridge and lift it back into place. We need your help to realise this plan, so if you are able to help our project, we will be entirely grateful.

Many thanks to our Donors

We are fortunate to have a good number of people who have donated money to our cause. Many thanks to all those people - without you our project would be a non-starter. If you have yet to make a donation, we would like to point out that you can donate in monthly instalments through Just Giving, if that's any help. If you wonder what we've spent money on so far, we used a District Council grant to pay for an engineering survey of the bridge condition in 2017, and in 2019 we are using your donations to pay another engineering company to provide calculations for the removal of the bridge. This information will provide Network Rail with the information required for the careful dismantling of the bridge.

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    • Richard Beales

      Richard Beales

      Jul 14, 2019

    • Simon Jenkins

      Simon Jenkins

      Jul 1, 2019

      I’ve finally gotten round to setting up a regular donation. All the best to all involved with trying to save this beautiful structure!Regards to all,Simon Jenkins


    • David Lonsdale

      David Lonsdale

      Jun 19, 2019

      Apart from the historical and aesthetic value of the bridge, its restoration would save valuable time that is taken up when using the new, excessively distant, footbridge


    • Richard Beales

      Richard Beales

      Jun 10, 2019

      Fabulous to read that Network Rail have responded positively to your hard work. The footbridge is a little gem. Honest, unglamorous, but absolutely lovely. It deserves to survive.


    • Christine McLeod

      Christine McLeod

      May 30, 2019


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