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Bridge removal day

By Stephen Lewis Friends of Alton Station

Wednesday, 26 February 2020


Friends of Alton Station Contributor


After 6 years of campaigning and negotiation, the project to save the footbridge is about to reach its first milestone. Network Rail's contractors Osborne and their demolition sub-contractors ECON Construction will be removing the centre section of the footbridge at 5am on Saturday 7th March 2020. Work is already under way to remove the services from the bridge and to prepare it for the lift-out. The stairs on each platform will also be removed over the same weekend and they will be making good.

Friends of Alton Station Ltd has engaged Phil Bascombe Transport to move the bridge section to Brant Storage (on the Basingstoke Road). Once in its storage location, the task will be to protect it from the elements, then to assess the structure and start the long process of restoration. We will be seeking volunteers to help with the restoration work and also a renewed campaign for funds. We do have some funds in hand, but we already know that it won't be enough to complete the project. If you haven't already made a donation towards this project and would like to help us, we encourage you to visit our Just Giving crowdfunding page (also accessible from the 'Donate' link on the homepage of our website).

Contact Information

Stephen Lewis

Find Friends of Alton Station

c/o Alton Community Centre, Amery Street, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1HN