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Author Topic: St Erth Station - incidents, facilities, improvements and awards (merged topic)  (Read 13876 times)
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« Reply #30 on: June 10, 2017, 09:56:14 PM »

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Cornwall County Council has awarded Wills Bros Civil Engineering a £4∙6m contract to design and build a multi-modal hub at St Erth station. The scope includes the provision of 440 new car parking spaces, ramped pedestrian access from the south car park to platform level, improvements to the station forecourt and amendments to the existing junction on the A30 trunk road.

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« Reply #31 on: June 10, 2017, 11:26:59 PM »

I went to St Erth a couple of weeks ago (to change for the St Ives train) and a lot of work was going on in the carpark, trees have been cleared on the A30 side of the carpark too, most of the station building was fenced off apart from the shop next to the small siding platform. I imagine they must be carrying out work to the interior of the building.
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« Reply #32 on: June 11, 2017, 04:46:00 PM »

it would be good of they could provide lifts for access to/from the down platform.  The footbridge steps are steep and carrying cases up and down is not easy.
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« Reply #33 on: June 12, 2017, 03:14:30 PM »

Network Rail want to replace the current footbridge with a new one with lifts and ramps. The Council keep refusing them planning permission. It would completely ruin the feel of the station. There is a barrow crossing the northern end of the platforms, although I'm not sure if this gets used.
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« Reply #34 on: June 12, 2017, 03:26:54 PM »

I sympathise with NR.  St Erth station is not a museum piece, itís there to enable people to join and leave trains in the safest and most convenient way possible. 

Itís not as if itís in a particularly salubrious area where the character needs to be maintained Ė itís next door to the tyre dump which caught fire last year. 

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« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2017, 04:19:59 PM »

Yes, but the character of the station would be destroyed in the process.  It would be cheaper (and quicker) to build a ramp from the down platform to the underbridge just west of the platforms and use that for PRM access.  A copy of the recent solution adpoted at Hayle station.
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« Reply #36 on: June 12, 2017, 04:59:10 PM »

It would be a long walk round if youíre changing for St Ives, which many if not most of passengers alighting on the down platform want to do.  Looking at Google Earth you can see that Station Approach, the road that S&TE refers to, is narrow and unlit (I accept the latter can be fixed) and that the footway is on the side away from where the ramp would come down.

It maybe cheaper to build the ramp, but in my view it would not properly address the need to provide safe and convenient access to/from the down platform for those with luggage, buggies etc and/or cannot use stairs. 

I donít accept that maintaining the character of the station (or any other station for that matter) should trump the need to provide the standard of access which passengers can reasonably expect nowadays.  Of course the new footbridge needs to be sympathetically designed (ie unlike the hideous structures you see at Honeybourne and Charlbury etc), but retaining the existing bridge in perpetuity just because itís a relic of the GWR is not the way to go.
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« Reply #37 on: June 16, 2017, 06:15:23 PM »

Passed through St.Erth on Wednesday 14 June 2017 and captured these photographs of the start of the Car Park work (at the back of the current car park):


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« Reply #38 on: June 16, 2017, 07:48:07 PM »

Learned today that there are plans to widen the bay platform at St Erth by slewing the track to where the unused second platform line currently is.  Will ease congestion at busy times when those waiting for the St Ives train have to jostle with those getting off an incoming service.
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