Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Gantries rethink

STEEL gantries that were installed along the railway through Goring last year could be replaced with

STEEL gantries that were installed along the railway through Goring last year could be replaced with designs that were previously dismissed as unsuitable.

Network Rail built the structures as part of the electrification of the Great Western line, prompting complaints that they were inappropriate development in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

They stand less than 100 metres apart and will support overhead power cables.

But following pressure from campaigners, it agreed to draw up three or four alternatives and put them out to consultation by next spring. Wire headspans are among the 10 ideas that could be shortlisted.

Other suggestions include thinner T-shaped gantries with a single support pole between the northbound and southbound tracks.





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