Wednesday, 02 December 2020

At last, visitor map installed at station

A PLAQUE with a map of Goring and the surrounding area has been installed at the

A PLAQUE with a map of Goring and the surrounding area has been installed at the village station for use by visitors.

Network Rail commissioned the plaque in 2007 after refurbishing the road bridge over the railway at High Street.

It was a goodwill gesture as the project took three months and caused significant disruption, prompting complaints from Boris Johnson, who was then Henley’s MP.

Goring Parish Council wanted to place the plaque at the main station entrance and obtained planning permission in 2009.

However, Network Rail said it had to check whether it was possible as it could interfere with underground cables, so the council put the board into storage and there were no further discussions.

Last year, First Great Western offered to finally install the plaque it as part of a refurbishment of the station’s toilets, which is now under way. The council and Network Rail both agreed.

The board shows tourists the way to Goring village centre, the River Thames, Streatley and major footpaths and bridleways.

First Great Western may also produce a leaflet promoting Goring as a tourist destination.

John Boler, who was parish clerk in 2007, said: “This has finally drawn a line under something that started when I was the clerk.

“It shows the extent of the goodwill that exists between the people of the village and the railway.

“I know it will prove very helpful to visitors as I am often stopped and asked directions in the summer.”

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