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« Reply #60 on: February 12, 2018, 03:35:27 pm »

NR won't want to pay for it, they need to save all their money to replace the OHLE like they promised in Goring Gap!  Roll Eyes Grin
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« Reply #61 on: February 12, 2018, 04:38:16 pm »

NR won't want to pay for it, they need to save all their money to replace the OHLE like they promised in Goring Gap!  Roll Eyes Grin

What did they actually promise on that, I can't remember.   A review, maybe?

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« Reply #62 on: February 13, 2018, 09:28:59 am »

What did they actually promise on that, I can't remember.   A review, maybe?

No idea to be honest, it was obviously never going to happen so I didn't really pay much attention to it. I think there were some design proposals, some postponed/cancelled meetings, but not sure what happened since then.

Edit: And sorry TG, didn't mean to drag it off topic!
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« Reply #63 on: February 13, 2018, 10:36:57 am »

Latest news on Goring is here: http://www.savegoringgap.org.uk/news.html
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« Reply #64 on: February 13, 2018, 10:45:25 am »

That's 5 months old....
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« Reply #65 on: February 13, 2018, 01:02:25 pm »

That's 5 months old....

It's still the latest news...  Wink
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« Reply #66 on: February 13, 2018, 08:29:39 pm »

Latest news on Goring is here: http://www.savegoringgap.org.uk/news.html
Looking at their webpage banner, how come all those houses were allowed in an AONB?

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« Reply #67 on: April 10, 2018, 11:03:08 am »

FYI I have asked NR for another update on the footbridge situation and will share the reply if/when I get it.
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« Reply #68 on: April 10, 2018, 03:19:50 pm »

Response received.............so after 3 years, it's finally confirmed. What stood for over 125 years, NR clumsiness destroyed in an instant and will not be replacing.


"...........As you are aware in 2015 Taplow station footbridge sustained damage when it was hit by a rail construction vehicle undertaking electrification work. The damaged bridge spans were subsequently removed in July 2017 to be assessed.
 
Unfortunately, following this process it has been decided that we will not be reinstating the footbridge at Taplow station. I realise this may be disappointing for local residents and station users and Id like to reassure you that the decision has not been taken likely.
 
As a long-planned part of the Crossrail programme, Transport for London (TfL) will shortly begin building a new passenger footbridge with two new lifts providing step-free access to platforms 2/3 and platform 4 which will be served by the Elizabeth line from December 2019.
 
We have now secured funding to extend the new footbridge to provide access to platform 1 and the car park on the southern side of the station via a staircase. The work will also create space for an additional lift to be installed in the future.
 
As a public sector organisation, we (Network Rail), have a duty to justify the money that we spend. Extending the new footbridge clearly demonstrated better value for money for the public purse, not hint terms of the initial cost of the work and the ongoing maintenance costs.
 
In the coming weeks, preparatory works to remove the remaining footbridge staircases will begin. Local residents and passengers will receive more information about the work from TfL............"
 
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« Reply #69 on: April 10, 2018, 05:31:47 pm »

I spilt my coffee when I read this bit.....
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As a public sector organisation, we (Network Rail), have a duty to justify the money that we spend. Extending the new footbridge clearly demonstrated better value for money for the public purse, not hint terms of the initial cost of the work and the ongoing maintenance costs.

So when they weren't a 'public sector' organisation money didn't matter then..... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #70 on: July 11, 2019, 04:41:29 pm »

Continuing the Saga. We are now part way to having a Fourth Bridge in four years!

Span over the Reliefs installed last weekend.

Hopefully by December we'll have 3 seta of lifts as well!

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« Reply #71 on: July 11, 2019, 10:59:56 pm »

Response received.............so after 3 years, it's finally confirmed. What stood for over 125 years, NR clumsiness destroyed in an instant and will not be replacing.

I thought the clumsiness was on the part of their contractor not NR themselves. 
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« Reply #72 on: July 12, 2019, 09:25:51 am »

Continuing the Saga. We are now part way to having a Fourth Bridge in four years!

At least it'll look immaculate, what with them continually repainting as soon as they've finished. Grin
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« Reply #73 on: July 12, 2019, 06:53:24 pm »

Response received.............so after 3 years, it's finally confirmed. What stood for over 125 years, NR clumsiness destroyed in an instant and will not be replacing.

I thought the clumsiness was on the part of their contractor not NR themselves. 


The old 1887 bridge would have been difficult to make 25kV safety compliant to the ORR satisfaction; to have put in the needed screening may well have over loaded the structure.  Also Crossrail are required to make platforms accessible to all meaning a lift which would have been an interesting engineering challenge to retro fit to the 1887 bridge
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« Reply #74 on: July 12, 2019, 07:51:56 pm »

Yes, I think they may well have ended up building the new bridge anyway and then keeping the old one, possibly as without access to the island platform, but it would have been a difficult ask to modify it sympathetically, and it might have ended up looking hideous!
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