Save the Heritage Footbridge at Alton Station in Hampshire
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The wooden heritage footbridge at Alton Station in Hampshire was installed in 1892 by the London and South Western Railway. It is now the only surviving example of a wooden railway footbridge anywhere in the UK. It has stood the test of time well, but it is now in need of a full repair and restoration. The footbridge is important for several reasons: it is part of the atmosphere for those visiting the Mid-Hants Railway (aka The Watercress Line); it is a second means for passengers travelling to London to cross the line (under cover) and it is part of Alton's architectural heritage.
A new footbridge with lifts was built by Network Rail in 2013 and the old bridge was due for removal. A group of concerned local residents got together to form Friends of Alton Station (FAS), initially as a steering group in 2014, then as a membership organisation in 2015. In that time we have been patiently negotiating with Network Rail to save the bridge. After a number of surveys, and the closure of the bridge to the public, Network Rail have decided that they are not able to spend money restoring the bridge.
The date for removal of the bridge has been moved several times, currently set for March 2019. There is pressure on FAS to prove that our ideas for saving the bridge can be done, with very little time to come up with the required professional engineering data and funding. We are not confident that we can meet their current deadline, so we need people like you to sign this petition to show that the public support retention of the footbridge.
If you are able to separately write to your MP and Network Rail, details are on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/friendsofaltonstation/ If you are able to make a donation, however small, that would be a great help to us. You can donate to us via our JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/alton-station-footbridge-campaign
News and information is regularly posted on our Faebook page and more in-depth details of the bridge's history, along with information about the railways around and about, is on our website: www.friendsofaltonstation.org.uk
Many thanks for reading this and we do hope that you will be able to add your name to our petition.
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