Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Shafts for new lifts put in during station redevelopment

THE shafts for new lifts at Goring station have been installed.

THE shafts for new lifts at Goring station have been installed.

Network Rail engineers lowered all three into place over the weekend as part of their work on a new footbridge that will open in the summer.

They have also started installing connecting staircases with a 350-ton crane and the main deck will go into place shortly.

The work is being carried out as part of the electrification of the Great Western main line from London to Oxford, which passes through the village.

A new bridge was needed as the old one, which dated back to the Thirties and needed restoration, was too low for the overhead cables which are to be installed.

The replacement structure will have a covered walkway with lifts linking all four platforms, similar to the arrangement at Twyford station.

These will be operated by Great Western Railway, which hopes to run them 24 hours a day by monitoring them through a CCTV system.

Network Rail wasn’t going to install lifts for budgetary reasons but changed its mind following a campaign by Goring’s mobility issues group and Henley MP John Howell.

John Boler, of the mobility group, said: “We’re very pleased to see that the work is on schedule. Hopefully it will go ahead as planned as long as there aren’t any gales, which will put it behind as they can’t work in high winds for safety reasons.”

Meanwhile, GWR has refurbished the station’s booking office to include a low counter for wheelchair users.

Last year it installed a new disabled toilet and a visitor information plaque, which Mr Howell unveiled.

The mobility group also hopes to widen the pavement on the approach to the station in Wallingford Road. GWR has offered a £7,000 grant to commission a technical report on how this might be achieved.

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