Wednesday, 25 November 2020

£100,000 to widen pavement by station

A CAMPAIGN to widen the pavement near Goring station has been backed by the parish council.

A CAMPAIGN to widen the pavement near Goring station has been backed by the parish council.

The Mobility Issues Group for Goring and Streatley wants to extend part of the walkway in Wallingford Road between Reading Road and High Street, which is less than 1m wide at its narrowest.

The group wants to increase this to at least 1.25m, enough for two people to pass without having to step into the road.

It estimates the work would cost £100,000 and hopes that most of this would come from First Great Western, which has just launched a £2.2million fund for improvements “that are not necessarily on railway infrastructure”.

The group is assembling a working party to draw up an application for a grant and parish councillors Lawrie Reavill and Catherine Hall are to join it.

Councillor Reavill said: “It would be very worthwhile for us to help the group and contribute towards its activities.”

Council chairman Kevin Bulmer said: “I agree wholeheartedly and congratulate the group for the work it has done to date.”

The pavement would be extended on to land owned by Network Rail, which has given provisional permission. Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, says it might be willing to take responsibility for it.

Meanwhile, the new footbridge at Goring station may not be finished until February.

It was due to open this autumn but Network Rail, which is carrying out the work, says it could be delayed by up to five months.

The overhaul is part of a £1.5billion electrification of the Great Western line, which is running behind schedule and almost £1billion over its original budget.

It will also include the installation of passenger lifts following campaigning from the mobility group and Henley MP John Howell.

A temporary bridge will remain in place until the work is finished.

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