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Hammerwich Footbridge improvements continual

Posted by ROB on January 24, 2013 at 11:15 AM

After the engineering works to Hammerwich Footbridge back inAugust and October 2012, we thought that the bridge was completed, that was until today, when Network Rail contractors "Amco Rail" were on site.


They had come back to finish off some snagging from themajor works which were done a few months back. This included reducing the gap between the wooden planks towards the top of the bridge and fixing new anti-slipmaterial on the replaced wooden planks.


An Amco rail contractor told South Staffs Rail, that he thought it would have been cheaper to dismantle the bridge and sell as scrap metal and then installing a simple walk way across the mothballed line. He then told us it had cost £40.000 for the all the work that had been done to the bridge, to make it safe and functional.






 

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Reply Dave Cres
5:22 AM on January 25, 2013 
As I understand it mothballed lines have to retain as far as practicaL all the existing infrastructure features like foot bridges hence it was made safer as part of the planned works. As there is no official right of way across the line other than by means of the footbridge Im sure planning permission would need to be obtained as well as rights of access. As its mothballed it doesnt really matter whether trains run along there or not. If Quatro hadn't removed that short section (still without Network Rails permission as far as I can see) there would be a through rail towards Lichfield.
Reply ROB
6:38 AM on January 25, 2013 
Dave Cres says...
As I understand it mothballed lines have to retain as far as practicaL all the existing infrastructure features like foot bridges hence it was made safer as part of the planned works. As there is no official right of way across the line other than by means of the footbridge Im sure planning permission would need to be obtained as well as rights of access. As its mothballed it doesnt really matter whether trains run along there or not. If Quatro hadn't removed that short section (still without Network Rails permission as far as I can see) there would be a through rail towards Lichfield.

Couldn't of put it better myself Dave
Reply Jonathan
4:46 PM on January 27, 2013 
It is officially out of use, therefore there is no track maintenance regime. However, it isn't closed so if a viable scheme comes along to open it then NR will make good. Seeing as that is a way off I doubt NR are too bothered about the track being removed in the short term as it would need re-laying a la Pleck Jn anyway.
Reply andy.mytton
9:12 PM on January 27, 2013 
hi there,just logged on after a few days,

its a shame the amco gentleman had that opinion of the bridge,i dont know but did a network rail inspector come out and have a look at the work completed by amco,and called them back out as he was'nt completely happy with the works,perhaps network rail want to see the bridge done to a very good standard,hope thats the case.
when i worked in the area from 1985 - 2000 a lot of local people used that footpath going down to the bridge and even tourists,i worked in the churchyard many times and would see them using it,
im sure its the same now,i dont know if the peacocks are still squarking in the feild next to the churchyard but there will certainly be a bit of squarking to deal with if they even consider dismantling that bridge,it would be a crying shame,keep up the good work u lot,and most of all the pics,andy.
Reply andy.mytton
9:39 PM on January 27, 2013 
while im online ,got to ask you,what was that rusty/orangey coloured train well it was'nt a train.it was like a just an engine going up and down the line ,a saw it at hammerwich and the what we called the old canal ,red lock fields,sandhills, several times,we used to go on our bmx's there, it would go up and down the line slowly, always wonder'd what it was doing,i'm sure you will know.
Reply southstaffsrail
2:21 AM on January 28, 2013 
andy.mytton says...
while im online ,got to ask you,what was that rusty/orangey coloured train well it was'nt a train.it was like a just an engine going up and down the line ,a saw it at hammerwich and the what we called the old canal ,red lock fields,sandhills, several times,we used to go on our bmx's there, it would go up and down the line slowly, always wonder'd what it was doing,i'm sure you will know.

Hi Andy

You are very right, it would be a crying shame to remove such an iconic structure/ landmark, plus it is a pieace of history now, hopfully here to stay for many years to come.

I'm only guessing Andy, but i think it may have been a Ballast Tamper. I believe they run up and down lines on routine maintenance cycles. I have observed ballast tamping through Lichfield City on two occasions in 2012 - http://southstaffsrail.webs.com/apps/blog/show/19186991-colas-rai
l-tamper-stables-at-lichfield-city
Reply mark
12:25 PM on January 28, 2013 
Im glad there is maintenance still going on the bridge, its something to remember the old station by walking over the bridge.
Reply andy.mytton
9:38 PM on January 28, 2013 
southstaffsrail says...
Hi Andy

You are very right, it would be a crying shame to remove such an iconic structure/ landmark, plus it is a pieace of history now, hopfully here to stay for many years to come.

I'm only guessing Andy, but i think it may have been a Ballast Tamper. I believe they run up and down lines on routine maintenance cycles. I have observed ballast tamping through Lichfield City on two occasions in 2012 - http://southstaffsrail.webs.com/apps/blog/show/19186991-colas-rai

l-tamper-stables-at-lichfield-city
Reply andy.mytton
7:37 PM on February 1, 2013 
southstaffsrail says...
Hi Andy

You are very right, it would be a crying shame to remove such an iconic structure/ landmark, plus it is a pieace of history now, hopfully here to stay for many years to come.

I'm only guessing Andy, but i think it may have been a Ballast Tamper. I believe they run up and down lines on routine maintenance cycles. I have observed ballast tamping through Lichfield City on two occasions in 2012 - http://southstaffsrail.webs.com/apps/blog/show/19186991-colas-rai

l-tamper-stables-at-lichfield-city
Reply andy.mytton
7:58 PM on February 1, 2013 
ah great ,thanks for that info,

when you get time rob,any chance of some pics off wall road bridge now.
i remember cycling past there with my friend,it would be about 30 years ago, we was stunned by the views and how much hard work it must have been to carve the rock out of pipehill for the line to go through with just a spade and pick axe back then.