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« on: June 02, 2018, 09:00:13 pm »

Visiting Freshford yesterday, I noticed that both platforms are being lengthened by about a carriage length, which would make them 4 carriages long. The work appears very nearly completed but I didn't notice any information on the station about it. I'm not sure which 4-carriage services might call there on the way out we had a 2-car which terminated at Westbury, on the way back a 3-car which terminated at Bristol TM but I'm not sure where it had come from but I guess it would be some Portsmouth to Cardiff services.
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2018, 10:57:24 pm »

5 car Cardiff-Portsmouth and Weymouth services (3 car 166/2 car 165) will call at Freshford.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2018, 07:30:55 pm »

It's longer than I guessed, then.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2018, 08:06:28 pm »

It's longer than I guessed, then.  Smiley
Not sure. It may be to just accommodate 4 of a 5 car set.
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2018, 11:15:13 pm »

It's longer than I guessed, then.  Smiley
Not sure. It may be to just accommodate 4 of a 5 car set.

It's on network Rail's list of platforms to go to 5-car length. The full list for project W009 (West of England DMU Capability, oddly) is:

Operational length No of platforms   Stations and platforms
                         to be extended to be extended
1 car (23m vehicle)    2 Dilton Marsh Platforms 1 and 2.
3 car (23m vehicle)     1 Melksham - Platform 1
5 car (23m vehicle)     7 Bradford on Avon Platform 2
Freshford Platforms 1 and 2
Lawrence Hill - Platform 2
Stapleton Road Platform 1
Trowbridge Platform 1
Warminster Platform 2
6 car (26m vehicle)     3 Kemble Platform 1
Stonehouse Platforms 1 and 2
They also note that:
"Works to address stepping distances are only required at specified stations; Freshford Platform 2 and Stonehouse platform 2."
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2018, 11:11:42 am »

Yes, we noticed the big step down and out! Oddly, there are one or two "slabs" of P2 which have been moved out by a couple of cm. They didn't line up with the doors on the train we took, if that was the intention.

Funny, and encouraging, to think this station is being extended. I remember having to "flag down" trains there in the 80s/90s as it was a request stop! Mind you I also, just about, remember the neighbouring Limpley Stoke station being closed in the 70s (or could have been the 80s).
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2018, 12:11:17 pm »

...or 1966
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2018, 01:30:33 pm »

...or 1966
How bizarre and tricky memories are! I would have sworn I remember going through Limpley Stoke station when visiting family there in the 70s. I distinctly remember my grandfather talking about the station being closed and giving his ideas as to why it had been closed but Freshford hadn't and he didn't even move there till 1971! (And in 1966 I wasn't even born!)
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