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chris thomas



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:11 am    Post subject: Bridgnorth Station redevelopment: 2012 onwards Reply with quote

Severn Valley Railway's Bridgnorth station faces £2m restoration Bridgnorth station reopened as part of the 16-mile heritage steam line in 1970

A heritage railway line has announced plans for a £2m revamp of a Shropshire station.

The Severn Valley Railway (SVR) plans to construct a new station building in Bridgnorth and restore the existing 1862 building.

Last month SVR completed a £250,000 refurbishment of the track between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth, including Bewdley Tunnel.

The plans for Bridgnorth also include a new information and exhibition area.

Nick Ralls, general manager of SVR, said: "Most of our passengers begin their journey in Kidderminster and head north to Bridgnorth. We want a fitting destination for them to arrive at."

He added that the station, which reopened in 1970, had not been designed to cope with the line's 250,000 visitors a year.

Mr Ralls said he also hoped to open up Bridgnorth's steam works, where volunteer staff repaired historic steam engines, for other heritage lines across the country.

SVR also plans to build new facilities for its volunteers, including accommodation, showers and a kitchen.

Artist's impressions for the £2m revamp are expected to be ready by April and the initial work could be completed by 2015, he added.

The proposals are part of a 10-year project to bring the line and its stations up to date.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last line of that worries me a little.

Bringing things up to date how exactly?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Bus shelters are on order... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SVR signalling centre coming soon?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where are they going to fit a new station building?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the Shropshire Star version:


SVR chiefs’ £2m plan to revamp Bridgnorth rail station

Bridgnorth’s 150-year-old rail station will get a £2 million revamp under new plans. The Severn Valley Railway announced ambitious plans to expand the town’s station to cope with soaring visitor numbers.

Up to 250,000 people use the station each year while taking a trip along the 16-mile heritage line, which runs between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster.

The changes are the first phase of a bigger overall project that is likely to take 10 years to complete.

The £2 million plan will see another station building created including a self-service buffet, kitchen, shop, visitor information and exhibition area, toilets and a dining area for workers.

The project will also conserve the existing 1862 station building. SVR general manager Nick Ralls said: “We’ve set out our stall to realise the station’s enormous potential as an outstanding general visitor and enthusiast destination.”

In all, SVR chiefs have 11 projects for Bridgnorth station over the next 10 years.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And how Shropshire Live report it:

£2m revamp for Severn Valley Railway’s Bridgnorth station

Severn Valley Railway’s Bridgnorth station is to undergo a £2 million pound remodelling and expansion revamp.

Built exactly 150 years ago, the station has served as the northern terminus of the SVR since steam enthusiasts re-opened the line in 1970, the station handles up to a quarter of a million visitors each year.

Following a brief drawn up over the last 18 months by the SVR’s Bridgnorth Development Team, Kidderminster architects Howl Associates Ltd have been commissioned to draw up new plans for the station, and bring it into line with 21st century needs.

Visual ‘artists impressions’ are expected to be ready in April, representing four of a total of 11 projects proposed by the SVR for Bridgnorth station, many of them inter-connected, which will be phased over a ten-year period, and financed chiefly by a new £4 million share appeal which is to be launched in September.

In a vision statement describing the new Bridgnorth station and how it will fit into its surroundings, the SVR Development Team said: “Bridgnorth is an outstanding destination on Britain’s most highly rated preserved line. Imaginatively conserved as a 1950s branch line station, it is a UK focus for steam engine restoration, construction and interpretation.

SVR General Manager Nick Ralls said: “The development projects present a design challenge, in order to meet our ambition to present the new Bridgnorth in an agreeable style, and also to meet the requirements of Shropshire County Council’s Planning and Conservation officers.

“In so far as the Severn Valley Railway preservation plan was started at
Bridgnorth in the 1960s, the natural focus of the line’s development until now has been away from the town, southwards to Kidderminster, and to a large extent it’s true that Bridgnorth station hasn’t kept pace with the remarkable growth of the SVR within the leisure and tourism industry.

“Now we’ve set out our stall to realise the station’s enormous potential as an outstanding general visitor and enthusiast destination. Bridgnorth is a wonderful, enchanting place, and we’re set on making sure that it has in future a wonderful and enchanting steam-age railway station to match it.”

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the BBC report: ..."where volunteer staff repaired historic steam engines"....
Someone is bound to comment about that statement.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry this is a bit delayed - I was busy at the Midlands Area Brass Band Contest - here is the original PR:

THE SEVERN Valley Railway’s Bridgnorth station, built exactly 150 years ago, has gone back onto the drawing board for a major remodelling and expansion expected to cost in the region of £2 million.

The station which has served as the northern terminus of the SVR since steam enthusiasts re-opened the line there in 1970, now handles up to a quarter of a million visitors each year - far more than it was ever designed for, and has been outgrown by the railway’s success as one of the most popular leisure and tourism destinations in the country.

Now, following a brief drawn up over the last 18 months by the SVR’s Bridgnorth Development Team, the Kidderminster architects Howl Associates Ltd have been commissioned to draw the plans for a revitalised and much-expanded Bridgnorth station to improve the visitor experience, and bring it into line with 21st century needs.

The principal expansion and remodelling will explore:

 A second, all-new station building immediately to the north of the existing one, accommodating a new self-service buffet, food preparation and cooking area, retail shop, visitor information/exhibition area, washroom and toilets, disabled and childcare facilities, plus a dining area for SVR staff and volunteers

 Conservation of the existing 1862 station building, including the restoration of the waiting room (used for many years as the station shop), an extension to the lounge bar of the ‘The Railwaymans Arms’ - the popular ‘pub on the platform’ which survived British Rail’s closure of the line in 1963 – and provision of office and staff facilities.

 Purpose-built accommodation with sleeping, shower and toilet facilities for working volunteers, including a self-catering kitchen, dining area and storage, a first-aid room, staff and volunteer training/meeting room, and messing facilities – or, as an alternative, the major refurbishing, re-equipping and re-siting of existing volunteer ‘dormitory’ coaches.





 The possibility of a new footbridge over the line at the north end of Brignorth station (supplementing the existing south end footbridge), close to the new buffet, connecting the two platforms and providing access to a new first-floor public viewing gallery in the SVR’s locomotive workshops (referred to below as ‘SteamWorks’), with the possibility of an extending link to the overflow car park behind the Works.


These works, for which visual ‘artists impressions’ and plans should be ready in April, represent four of a total of 11 projects proposed by the SVR for Bridgnorth station, many of them inter-connected, which will be phased over a ten-year period, and financed chiefly by a new £4 million share appeal which is to be launched in September, and also, it is envisaged, by grant aid organisations such as the Heritage Lottery Fun (HLF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The other principal elements of the Bridgnorth station redevelopment include:

• SteamWorks – an initiative to make the SVR’s previously inaccessible (by reasons of health and safety) locomotive workshops a themed, interpretative visitor attraction, conveying the atmosphere and activities within the works, supported by guides, video screens and short films explaining ‘what’s going on’, and the fundamentals of steam engine restoration and operation, and also detailing the story of how Bridgnorth station was the springboard to the creation of the SVR in the 1960s and 1970s.

• Major improvements to the station approaches, including a new entrance gateway and frontage fencing (to a traditional Great Western design) to ‘screen’ the lower car park area, a new footpath with period lighting giving access to the station, comprehensive signage and interpretation boards, new seating, litter bins and picnic benches

• Improvements to surfacing and drainage and lighting of the field (overflow) car park (subject to landowner approval), creation of a circular route for vehicles accessing the car park via Station Lane, and closure of the Oldbury Road exit

• Improvements to the locomotive yard, shed and workshops area, with a new staff washroom and toilets, meeting and mess space, new storage space for materials – and – as a high priority – a big step up in all-round site security.

• Platform and track alterations, to include an extension to the north end of Platform 1 (to accommodate full-length eight-coach trains and eliminate a large platform gap which presents a hazard to passengers), the realignment of track and extension to the south end of Platform 2, the creation of a new locomotive ‘run-round’ facility, and restoration to operational use of the disconnected siding (currently used for volunteers dormitory coaches) alongside Platform 1.

• A reappraisal of the potential use of the cottage and garden close to the shed coaling point, formerly privately owned, but now belonging to the SVR.






The railway has mooted several possible uses for this site, including the
location of the long sought-after Bridgnorth locomotive turntable, a major
and substantial ‘O’ gauge model railway display, or as the site for the
proposed new-build volunteer hostel accommodation.


Throughout the redevelopment, the SVR is anxious that the new Bridgnorth station and it environment will harmonise seamlessly with the existing buildings and appearance, and portray to both visitors and local residents the embodiment of a ‘bigger’ Bridgnorth station.

In a vision statement describing the new Bridgnorth station and how it will fit into its surroundings, the SVR Development Team says: “Bridgnorth is an outstanding destination on Britain’s most highly rated preserved line. Imaginatively conserved as a 1950s branch line station, it is a UK focus for steam engine restoration, construction and interpretation.

“The ‘Bridgnorth experience’ provides a varied and exciting day visit that appeals to the family as well as being a ‘Mecca’ for steam enthusiasts. Creative displays describe the challenge of maintaining and operating steam locomotives in the twenty-first century, the station’s role in saving the SVR and its connections with landmark achievements of the Industrial age.

“A celebrated real ale pub and a strikingly designed new station buffet and shop, contribute strongly to profitability, and with the station form a gateway to Bridgnorth, one of England's finest historic and picturesque hilltop towns.’

Explains SVR General Manager Nick Ralls: “As we have said in our very detailed brief to the architects, the new station building and indeed all the development projects present a design challenge, in order to meet our ambition to present the new Bridgnorth in an agreeable style, and also to meet the requirements of Shropshire County Council’s Planning and Conservation officers.

“In so far as the Severn Valley Railway preservation plan was started at Bridgnorth in the 1960s, the natural focus of the line’s development until now has been away from the town, southwards to Kidderminster, and to a large extent it’s true that Bridgnorth station hasn’t kept pace with the remarkable growth of the SVR within the leisure and tourism industry.

“Now we’ve set out our stall to realise the station’s enormous potential as an outstanding general visitor and enthusiast destination. Bridgnorth is a wonderful, enchanting place, and we’re set on making sure that it has in future a wonderful and enchanting steam-age railway station to match it.”
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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the creation of a new locomotive ‘run-round’ facility

Interested as to what this will entail - if it's a "centre road" it would involve moving all of P2 on top of the nearest yard track, which sounds a bit unlikely.

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A second, all-new station building immediately to the north of the existing one

Is this going to be snaking around the back of the signalbox towards where the buffet is now, or is the SB being moved?

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an extension to the north end of Platform 1 (to accommodate full-length eight-coach trains and eliminate a large platform gap which presents a hazard to passengers))

I thought P1 could take 8 already, just about! Will this involve removing/changing the siding C&W currently inhabit?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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the creation of a new locomotive ‘run-round’ facility

Interested as to what this will entail - if it's a "centre road" it would involve moving all of P2 on top of the nearest yard track, which sounds a bit unlikely.


The run round road would be the track where 75069 is currently on (the track behind the waiting room).

And I think platform one can take 7 coaches not 8?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dan

Answers are, I think, here http://www.svrlive.com/Pages/BH150.aspx

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oliver wrote:
And I think platform one can take 7 coaches not 8?

The Google maps satellite image of Bridgnorth station seems to show 8 fitting in the platform. Could be LMS coaches though (I think those are the ones which are meant to be shorter?)

Patrick - thanks for the link, that's answered a few questions.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The north end of platform curves away for the now removed spur to the cattle dock. The plan is to straighten that out and extend it a short distance -so the WWCPLC tell me.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oliver wrote:
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the creation of a new locomotive ‘run-round’ facility

Interested as to what this will entail - if it's a "centre road" it would involve moving all of P2 on top of the nearest yard track, which sounds a bit unlikely.


The run round road would be the track where 75069 is currently on (the track behind the waiting room).

And I think platform one can take 7 coaches not 8?


Seemed to take 8 coaches both times that I stopped a train there today without any problems... (7 LNER & a Mark 1)
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