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07.07.20

New bridge in progress at Eridge station

Work to remove and rebuild a footbridge at Eridge station in East Sussex took place over the weekend.

In order to keep those safe who use the bridge and the trainline operating below, the work was needed due to the old age and condition of the structure.

Eridge station serves the rural district in East Sussex with Southern trains services via the Uckfield branch of the Oxted line. The existing staircases and bridge are being replaced with a new modern-designed footbridge.

The platform canopies at Eridge station will also be renovated, improving the complete passenger experience for passengers commuting to London or visiting the Spa Valley Railway.

Paul Harwood, Regional Investment Director for Network Rail, said: “Construction of a new footbridge at Eridge is essential to maintain access across the railway between the lineside communities.

“The age and condition of the old bridge structure meant that continuing to maintain it was not an option as we have to maintain a safe access for the people who use the bridge and for the trains travelling below.

“The new bridge will be installed in two months’ time and deliver a safe and reliable walking route over the railway which will be of benefit for years to come."

Mark Dodd, Customer Service Manager at Spa Valley Railway said: “We are delighted to be working with Network Rail, BAM Nuttall and Govia Thameslink Railway on replacing the footbridge in Eridge.

“The new footbridge will be a significant improvement for our customers connecting from the mainline service. The level of detail in the project is very welcomed and I’m sure the finished product will be a much improved Eridge Station for everyone.”

Angie Doll, Managing Director for Southern and Gatwick Express, said: “On behalf of our Eridge passengers, we welcome this major investment in modern safety and comfort standards, and we are delighted that Network Rail have made such good progress on the project.”

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