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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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.
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 - currently March 2019, but possibly later in the year. 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.
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.
For up to date news and comment, see our Facebook page: fb.com/friendsofaltonstation
For more detail about Friends of Alton Station, the footbridge project, local railway history, see our website: www.friendsofaltonstation.org.uk
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Mar 14, 2019
It would be such a shame to see part of the history of Alton gone forever.
Mar 8, 2019
Mar 2, 2019
As the last remaining LSWR wooden footbridge it is an important part of our railway history with added benefit of the social aspects. All the best in saving this bridge.
Feb 25, 2019
Feb 24, 2019
This bridge is part of local history and should be saved. I hope more people fund it
Feb 19, 2019
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