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Highley Station Footbridge

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Access to Station

Client:
Severn Valley Railway
Value:
£250,513
Contract:
ICE Minor Works 3rd Edition
Completion:
November 2009

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New Footbridge

After more than 35 years, Highley Station – part of the Severn Valley Railway heritage line, has a brand new footbridge to safely and conveniently convey visitors over the tracks. With grants from Advantage West Midlands and European Regional Development Fund, Severn Valley Railway was finally able to replace the footbridge which was demolished for safety reasons back in 1974.

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Section Lift

Passenger access from the Highley station to the new Visitor Centre, also built buy George Law, was a wooden-boarded crossing over the tracks, which was not ideal because if a train was standing at the platform, access was blocked by carriages.

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Original Footbridge

The new bridge, spanning the line, close to the location of the original bridge, has been designed and constructed to resemble a traditional GWR footbridge, in keeping with the 19th century period of the station. This was not only essential for the visitor experience, but also because in the past the station has been a draw for TV and film producers for period productions, including blockbuster movies.

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Original Footbridge

Although complete closure of the track was required to undertake the works, this was carried out at a time convenient to SVR when no trains were running to save any disruption to their timetable.

The new footbridge was officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester.