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tigger



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we're getting excited
the site is now totally cleared ready for the contractors
the notices are up to advise people about parking and access restrictions during the works
the share offer launches tomorrow, with Radio Shropshire and BBC Midlands Today due to visit to record interviews
exciting times ahead for the spiritual home of SVR, where it all started over 50 years ago
haven't we been patient..... Wink
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hunter_i



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hearn_p wrote:
Page lined up, ready to go http://www.svrlive.com/bridgnorth-development

AIUI contractors are due on site November 7th

Chris Bond's updates will come to me and Bill Griffiths to load on SVRLive as per previous "Floodlines"etc. If you want to have a new and sexy title, let me know!

Sue Thomas also records a good deal what is going on and that too will be included.

The Share Issue launches tomorrow, November 1st

Patrick


Re a new title for updates, Bridgnorth Redevelopment is the obvious practical choice. However, since the redevelopment is about the ongoing process of "future proofing" the SVR in such areas as - training for future restorers, expanded volunteer accommodation, better passenger/tourist services and improved operational facilities, perhaps a more generic fund raising title such as "Preserving the Future" or "Bridging the Past and Future" might be considered. Anyway something hopefully inspiring to potential shareholders.

Re Webcams, the latest update on the Bridgnorth Station Facebook page has a number of photos of the weekend site clearance. These will hopefully continue provided the volunteer is on site every weekend.

What was interesting is the detailed close ups which would not be available on a fixed Webcam. Also the photos taken from the footbridge provide a much clearer view of the site than the Webcam apparently being tested further down the platform. Since the advantage of a properly located Webcam is the opportunity for daily updates, a combination of both overview and detail would be the preferred option.
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hearn_p



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Certain of the photos from the latest update on the Bridgnorth Station Facebook page of the weekend site clearance are included in the development gallery. It's on http://www.svrlive.com/copy-of-bridgnorth-development-1

The new page for the construction work will include both webcam images and photos from Sue, Chris and others for those that don't use Facebook

Patrick
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tigger



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The webcam is primarily for security purposes.
Progress photos from all available angles will be uploaded daily once there is activity and at least every weekend anyway - *promise* Smile
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Sheila K



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having now received our share offer booklet, I have a question. On page 18 it is stated that the new car park will have 200 spaces, and will be connected by a footpath. Great, I've no doubt this will be a great improvement on the field. I am not at all sure, however, that the access roads to and from the new car park, even if they are totally resurfaced, will be suitable for all types of vehicles used by current passengers, who at present park near the station buildings. However, it then goes on to state that "the spaces on the existing drive to the station building will be reserved for disabled users" . Does this mean that all of the existing space that will still be available for parking will be reserved for disabled? I realise there are too few spaces at present, but surely not all of the spaces will be required. What will happen when people just want to park for the Railwaymans Arms? Will they have to park and walk a few hundred yards along a footpath, especially at night when leaving. What about the car park at the bottom of the hill, opposite the George, is that considered to be on the existing drive. What about the present spaces on the hill, reserved for coaches. Will they only be available for coaches carrying disabled passengers. Will there still be any parking available for staff, as there is at present, or will these spaces only be available for disabled staff.
Basically, what I am asking, and the share brochure does not, in my opinion, make clear, is what is considered to be the "spaces on the existing drive to the station building?" If this does actually mean ALL of the present spaces (maybe about 100+), disappearing from general use, then I do not consider that 200 spaces on the site of the present field will be either sufficient, or indeed, good enough to attract more visitors to start their journeys at Bridgnorth, or that these 200 Spaces could be considered as "additional and much improved" as they are on page 18 of the share prospectus.
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Divington_R



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont know but you have asked a number of questions on car parking. Could the parking plan drawing be put on here? Maybe the person using the name of the 'Tigger' on here could help as they seems to supply some good facts? Somebody will know.

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madderlake



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the planning documents are available here:

http://www.svrlive.com/copy-of-bridgnorth-development

The design and access statement talks in broad terms about the existing car park, but it would seem the exact layout is yet to be determined.
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hunter_i



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couple of general observations on parking. The SVR car park at Kidderminster seems to have roughly 200 spaces, so a similar provision at Bridgnorth would not appear unreasonable.

What might assist visitors to both terminus stations would be the provision of diagrams for local parking options on the SVR website. While the website is looking more professional that ever, with links through - plan your visit - how to find us - visits by road, the intending motorist only finds a written set of directions.

This could be particularly problematic at Bridgnorth because of the various parking locations, and a general instruction to follow the signs may not be that helpful to a first time visitor. So a diagram on the website illustration the various parking options for disabled access, busses, drop off points, short term parking for passenger pick ups, all day parking, reserved for staff etc and other parking restrictions could be useful.

If the Railway wanted to be really visitor friendly, the electronic signs widely in use in shopping centres to advise of the number of parking spots available could be adopted to avoid frustrating drives up the station and station lane drives, but hardly a heritage look!
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Danny252



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bridgnorth station do have "Car park full" signs that are placed at the bottom of the station drive when needed - but they do rely on someone on the station noticing that the car park is full!
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hunter_i



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny252 wrote:
Bridgnorth station do have "Car park full" signs that are placed at the bottom of the station drive when needed - but they do rely on someone on the station noticing that the car park is full!


Which is one of the reasons technology continues to replace humans even if volunteers are free. A depressing thought.

More seriously, if long term parking was encouraged in the field, then the sacrifice of some existing parking spots on the station drive for a drop off/pick up point near the station building would seem a good investment. It would mean families do not have to negotiate the path through the boiler park, and may encourage mum and the kids to spent more time in the station shop/cafe while waiting for dad!

If a new embankment is needed to create sufficient space for a turning circle, perhaps the contractor doing the pile driving for the new building could provide a discounted rate!
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KJEvans



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny252 wrote:
Bridgnorth station do have "Car park full" signs that are placed at the bottom of the station drive when needed - but they do rely on someone on the station noticing that the car park is full!

And people paying attention to them. I've seen plenty of people drive past the 'Car Park Full' sign at KR. Of course it's a bit more problematic than elsewhere as if they go through the barrier, they are stuck unless they pay up or are let out.
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cherry_p



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of photos and info on the SVR Official Site and Bridgnorth station site on Facebook over the last few days.

For a start, see https://www.facebook.com/groups/2360466988/10154090569546989/?notif_t=group_activity&notif_id=1479318622460436 -- just posted.

The intention is that there will be similar items on svrlive, but for a lot of people who take photos and post info about the project, it's a lot easier and quicker for them to use Facebook!
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hearn_p



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are, as Pete says, tens of similar but slightly different photos on Facebook. I added two today and three yesterday to SVRLive Bridgnorth Development pages and will continue to selectively add these.

Pete - do you think we should add more? I was thinking that a couple a day to the end of Jan will be a gallery of towards 100 images.

Patrick
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sharpo



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cherry_p wrote:
A lot of photos and info on the SVR Official Site and Bridgnorth station site on Facebook over the last few days.

For a start, see https://www.facebook.com/groups/2360466988/10154090569546989/?notif_t=group_activity&notif_id=1479318622460436 -- just posted.

The intention is that there will be similar items on svrlive, but for a lot of people who take photos and post info about the project, it's a lot easier and quicker for them to use Facebook!

Another one of those irritating "You must log in to continue" sites.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loads (86 from this week) at the open pages at https://www.facebook.com/sue.thomas.9256028/media_set?set=a.876069872454969.1073741826.100001558946350&type=3

A selection is on SVRLive

Patrick
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