Saturday, 21 July 2018

Station platforms being prepared for electrification

WORK has begun on upgrading Goring station.

WORK has begun on upgrading Goring station.

The old iron footbridge between its four platforms is being dismantled and a temporary one put in place while a new taller one is built.

The new bridge will leave space for overhead cables as the line between Reading and Oxford is being electrified this year.

All platforms will be raised and extended to accommodate the longer electric trains that will call at the station. Platform 1 has already been upgraded and will be the first to be electrified in the spring. It will then be the only platform in use as the others will be closed while more cabling can be installed.

The work is being carried out by contractors for Network Rail.

The new bridge will be at the station’s southern end and will have a covered walkway with three passenger lifts. The lifts were not originally part of the £3.5 million scheme but were added following pressure from residents.

The Mobility Issues Group for Goring and Streatley organised a petition which more than 1,000 people signed. Henley MP John Howell presented it to Parliament and Network Rail changed its mind last year.

The new bridge should be completed by April and the lifts should be installed by July.

The ladies’ toilet in the waiting room on platform 4 is being converted into a disabled facility and the gents’ outside is being modernised.

The footpath along the northern edge of the station will be realigned.

The mobility issues group also wants the pavement on the Wallingford Road approach to the station to be widened and residents have pledged £10,000 towards the cost of the work, which is likely to run into tens of thousands.

Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, and Network Rail support the scheme in principle.

John Boler, who chairs the mobility group, said: “The group is very keen to record its thanks for the support we have received for our representations to improve accessibility at the station. We also wish to acknowledge the considerable goodwill with which Network Rail and First Great Western have responded.”

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