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Author Topic: Plaque marks place in history for 1880s listed footbridge at Wokingham Station  (Read 2166 times)
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« on: November 09, 2010, 08:21:38 pm »

From the Wokingham Times:

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A railway footbridge has received the blue seal of approval from local historians and conservationists.

Wokingham Society unveiled the latest blue plaque in its network at Wokingham railway station^s footbridge in Oxford Road on Tuesday, October 19.

Blue plaques have been placed on buildings around the town over time by the Wokingham Society to recognise places of historic significance.

The footbridge was built in 1886 following two accidents at the level crossing in Barkham Road, including an incident where a young girl was knocked down by a goods train.

As a result, money was set aside for the project and it was built using an old stock of rails and sleepers.

At the time the railway, which came to Wokingham in 1849 running from Reading to Redhill, was run by the South Eastern Railway.

The bridge is Grade-II listed.

David Tinker, president of the Wokingham Society, said: ^It is a Wokingham landmark and regarded as one of the foremost examples of innovative industrial archaeology remaining in the town. The level crossing itself is still notorious as a traffic nightmare.^
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2020, 11:41:33 pm »

Even when that was posted, there was talk about the bridge being in a poor state - not painted for ages, so rusting away, as well as other disintegrations. Yesterday I passed a huddle of NR staff talking about doing things to the bridge, though coudn't overhear what things.

Well, it seems I missed the fact that NR put in a planning application (actually for listed building consent) for work to restore the bridge, as long ago as 23rd July. That was in the local papers, but only this week - from the "Wokingham" News:
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National Rail applies to repair Wokingham station footbridge
By Leon Riccio @LeonRiccio News Reporter     9th September


NEWS that Wokingham Station's Victorian footbridge is to be repaired has been announced recently, to mixed responses from residents.

The footbridge, which has been standing at Wokingham Station for more than a century, is to be repaired, according to a recent planning application.

The application was received by the Wokingham Borough Council on July 23, and was submitted by Network Rail.

The application for the structure is currently in its consultation period, which will end this Friday, September 11.

Despite the news of the site's repairs, not all residents are so convinced the works will be handled as well as needed.

Cllr Rachel Bishop-Firth, Wokingham resident, said: "The footbridge at Wokingham station is unique in the country - it's a grade 2 listed Victorian structure made from old sleepers and rails.

"It's the only one of its kind still in use.

"The rails are now badly corroded, the woodwork needs attention and the bricks need repointing.

"The Wokingham Society, rail enthusiasts and I have all been campaigning for repairs for a number of years and we are really pleased to see that Network Rail have put in a planning application for work to be done on the bridge. ...

The consultation period ended today, and the application is number 2018130. The work proposed is to generally repair and replace the steel, wood, and masonry, and repaint in the "original colour" - though no-one knows what that was.

I had not realised that when it was last repaired in the 1980s some of the rails were replaced with new old ones. In the documentation there are a couple of old SER drawings, showing that it was originally either put up on the other side of the road, or that was intended but changed before erection. . And if you were wondering how that would fit in with the signal box, the current one had not been built - there was one on the station corner of the road, and another by the junction. There was also a gatekeeper''s cottage further from the road.

It's also clear that the impression often given - that it was knocked up by a couple of workmen out of rails they found lying about - is untrue. It was drawn up in the engineering office, and the curved rails would have been bent to radius using machined in the workshops.
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2020, 10:35:37 am »

Let's hope it fares better than Taplow's. At least the line is already electrified.
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2020, 11:14:07 am »

The inspection report (really just a few annotated diagrams) notes "100% section loss to a former cable service duct" - which is a bit mysterious. Is it a former cable - so the hole in the duct hardly matters - or a former duct, in which case "100% section loss" means it's not there any more?

Also "existing service trunking is in good condition". I should hope so too: it was only put there in 2016 to carry all the cables to the traffic lights on the south-east side. That's not a railway matter, of course, but you can see why running cables under the line is not desirable. That raises a further question: what services do sometimes run under the line at a level crossing? At this one, I know there is a Victorian foul sewer - they don't like to take long detours, and uninverted syphons are not much use for street drains. What else might there be?
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2020, 11:06:01 am »

The planning application was refused, based on an officer's report, and without going to committee. The officer's assessment report complains about lack of details of the work (I suspect the answer to that is "it depends what we find when we take bits off") and citing an out of date version of the NPPF. And of course there's the plastic wood for the treads and decking - "inappropriate", and in any case the inspection report said they were in "fair condition". They even want to keep the soot, as "potential[ly] of
historic significance both physically and visually"!

So the ball's back in NR's park. And the councillors are bickering about why it wasn't called into committee (though obviously that would not have changed the decision).
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2020, 12:16:31 pm »

Oh dear - the future shape of the country we live in is shaped by the planning system that produces decisions like this. And don't pin any hopes on the reforms the government is currently consulting on either. I recently viewed one of the top advisers on a video conference telling his audience that the "beauty" agenda is not concerned with external appearance........
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2020, 04:51:11 pm »

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the "beauty" agenda is not concerned with external appearance........
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