Friends of Alton Station
STOP PRESS: Footbridge Removal moved to February 2019
Network Rail offered, and have since confirmed, that they are moving the date for the removal of the footbridge to February 2019 - a further breathing space after two earlier dates were set. FAS is using the time to try again to register as a charity and to seek commercial sponsors and other funding. More on this elsewhere on the site.
Friends of Alton Station was established to lobby and work in partnership to oversee improvements and conservation of Alton Station (in Hampshire, UK) and its environs.
Our main project is saving the historic 1892 LSWR timber footbridge. The story of the footbridge project starts in 2013 when South West Trains and Network Rail built a new footbridge with lifts, an investment of £1.7million. Whilst we applaud this upgrade to the facilities at Alton Station, local people also wanted to retain the existing footbridge. Our steering group formed in March 2014 with the main objective of negotiating to keep the 1892 footbridge. That battle continues, but its future now depends upon people making significant donations, so please do consider making a contribution.
In September 2015 we launched Friends of Alton Station as a membership organisation to increase our public profile and to enable us to more accurately reflect the views and wishes of people who use Alton Station. We set up an online petition in July 2016 and it was signed by over 1,000 people. The comments people that people made revealed that as well as local people, there are people across the world who have an interest in Alton station. In March 2017 Network Rail set a demolition deadline of April 2018, in January 2018 they extended the deadline to October 2018 and now it is set for February 2019. This gives us time to raise funds and plan how to save the bridge. We have split the project into 3 phases: Remove; Refurb; Restore. We are now actively seeking donations for the 'Remove' and 'Refurb' phases. We have now opted to dismantle the structure and transport the components off site, saving money and hopefully making the restoration process that much easier.
We invite you to read about what we're doing and if you're interested, please do join us and/or make a donation. Apart from returning to this website for updates, you can subscribe to E-mail alerts (click on button on top of right-hand column) to receive automated E-mail updates when we add news and events. Updates are also on our Facebook page.