Friends of Alton Station
STOP PRESS: We need you to write to Network Rail and our local MP
There are now letter templates for writing to Network Rail and our local MP, Damian Hinds on a dedicated page that is part of our Campaign section of this website. Although the removal date for the footbridge is set for March 2019, the details of the project plan are being set down now (December 2018) by Network Rail. Whilst they considering FAS plans for saving the footbridge, Network Rail have yet to comment on what we've submitted. We have also committed ourselves to providing the structural engineering data and costings, commissioned from professionals at our own expense.
The timescale is very short and money is tight, so we are up against it. Apart from writing to people, if you can help us financially, please can you either give via our Just Giving crowdfunding page or directly by cheque or bank transfer. We can reveal that one very generous donor has given us £10k and another gave £500 via the Just Giving page, as well as many others giving smaller sums. However, we need more to finance the cost of engaging engineers and quantity surveyors. The fuller story is on our Campaign Page, along with things you can do to help.
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 March 2019. At present, there is a make or break few weeks to establish how the bridge is going to be removed - see our Campaign Page for more information. We are now actively seeking donations and your help in lobbying to make sure the removal process saves as much as possible.
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. You will also find regular updates, news and comment on our Facebook page.