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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 - currently February 2019. 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.

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    • Christine McLeod

      Christine McLeod

      Sep 2, 2018


    • Anonymous


      Sep 2, 2018

      I would hate to see the bridge disappear it’s so important that the people of Alton and rail enthusiasts hear about what you are trying to do.

    • Virginia Boxall

      Virginia Boxall

      Sep 2, 2018

      Good Luck with raising the money for this iconic footbridge to be saved


    • Jeremy Duggan

      Jeremy Duggan

      Aug 30, 2018

      It would be such a shame to lose this iconic sight in Alton!


    • Paul Whatton

      Paul Whatton

      Aug 29, 2018

    • Nicola Webzell

      Nicola Webzell

      Aug 29, 2018

      Good luck


    • Phil Smith

      Phil Smith

      Aug 25, 2018

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    Alton, Hampshire, UK

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