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« Reply #375 on: June 06, 2018, 09:18:37 am »

Wait until the vandals get their paint on all that nice clean white concrete.... Roll Eyes Tongue
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« Reply #376 on: June 06, 2018, 09:46:37 am »

Wait until the vandals get their paint on all that nice clean white concrete.... Roll Eyes Tongue

Presumably white concrete was specified during the consultation with the local community as providing a suitable canvas for street art.

Sadly I doubt train passengers will be able to enjoy it, being as how it'll be rather tucked away under the bridge, but fear not! I'm sure the efforts of the St Werburghs massive on the spraycrete, a km up the line at Narroways, will compensate.
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« Reply #377 on: June 17, 2018, 11:28:12 pm »

Some progress, viewed from Constable Road bridge. First one is looking north - not much new apart from a large stash of sleepers; second one shows that Gromit's been hard at it on the downhill stretch:
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« Reply #378 on: June 25, 2018, 06:34:54 pm »

I am given to understand that the new pre-rusted bridge gets put into place across Stapleton Road this weekend. I am stuck in Devon, so won't be there to immortalise the event.
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« Reply #379 on: June 25, 2018, 07:14:29 pm »

I am given to understand that the new pre-rusted bridge gets put into place across Stapleton Road this weekend. I am stuck in Devon, so won't be there to immortalise the event.
Perhaps Red Squirrel could do the honours for us?
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« Reply #380 on: June 25, 2018, 09:26:14 pm »

Might see if I can do another voxpop on ITV news - it's such fun, embarrassing the kids...
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« Reply #381 on: June 25, 2018, 09:43:00 pm »

Might see if I can do another voxpop on ITV news - it's such fun, embarrassing the kids...

Don't I just know it!
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« Reply #382 on: July 01, 2018, 12:58:53 pm »

As requested, I cycled down to Stapleton Road today to see how they've getting om. I'm sure NR will cover this with one of their lovely vids with the uplifting music, but for now:

1. New span in place over Stapleton Road, looking south.
2. View from underneath this looking towards M32.
3. Looking north from northern end of platform. The new bridge appears to be a lot lower than the existing one; not sure how that works!
4. Looking north from footbridge. Note that they are demolishing the platform edge.

One more to follow...
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« Reply #383 on: July 01, 2018, 01:00:07 pm »

...and this one looking east from footbridge - more footings than you'd think necessary for extending the footbridge.
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« Reply #384 on: July 01, 2018, 01:24:23 pm »

...Looking north from northern end of platform. The new bridge appears to be a lot lower than the existing one; not sure how that works!
I suspect that the latest standard NR "U bridge decks" are designed (assuming clearance above the road allows) to allow the normal depth of sub-base and ballast to run through the bridge.

Open to correction on this of course, but I suppose it will become clear before long when the ballast gets delivered.

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« Reply #385 on: July 01, 2018, 01:27:01 pm »

I'm surprised at the distance there seems to be between the new span and the old stone bridge. Was there as much clearance to the old steel bridge? I also think in a way it's a shame they took the steel 'bows' (sorry don't know the technical term) down, they were more attractive in fact than Brunel's stone arches but if it was too expensive to repair them, so be it. Good to have the new bridge up.  Smiley
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« Reply #386 on: July 01, 2018, 01:32:31 pm »

Was there as much clearance to the old steel bridge?

Yup: http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=13113.msg217412#msg217412
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« Reply #387 on: July 01, 2018, 03:59:00 pm »

Thanks!
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« Reply #388 on: July 01, 2018, 04:48:20 pm »

RS, Thanks for the update.  Keep them coming!
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« Reply #389 on: July 01, 2018, 11:45:39 pm »

Excellent pics as always...  rather you than me cycling in this heat!

Note that they are demolishing the platform edge.

Seems such a waste...  every time i've gone past recently i've lived in the vain hope of them being retained / refurbed so that it could be put back to a 4 platform station now the extra 2 lines are being put back too.  Especially as there's already passive provision for 4 platforms for the proposed new Ashley Hill station!  And there's still plenty of room to re-instate back at LWH...  oh well, back to reality  Wink
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