Worcester Shrub Hill luggage bridge replacement composite

Historic bridge to be replaced with a stronger replica in Worcestershire

Worcester Shrub Hill station is set to have a turn back time moment when their bridge, which was removed last year, is replaced by an identical-looking replica built with stronger modern materials.

Network Rail has rebuilt the bridge after the Grade II listed station’s derelict luggage bridge between platform 1 and 2 had fallen into disrepair.

It was not until it was lifted out by crane in November 2020 that engineers found that the original ironwork was too rusted to restore.

Having worked in collaboration with conservation experts, an identical-looking bridge has been made with modern material so the replacement is robust and secure for generations to come.

Lawrence James, Scheme Project Manager at Network Rail, said: “It’s really important for Network Rail to protect and conserve heritage structures on the railway network - like the luggage bridge at Worcester Shrub Hill - which gives historic stations a unique charm and character.

“I’d like to thank station users for their patience while we’ve worked hard to upgrade and modernise the bridge, with the potential it can be brought back into use for passengers in the future.”

Worcester Shrub Hill - new bridge rebuilt

Brenda Lawrence, Head of Stations for West Midlands Railway, said: “Worcester Shrub Hill is a much-loved station with a long and proud history which has been serving passengers for more than 170 years.

“The distinctive luggage bridge is a big part of the station’s character and I am pleased Network Rail has been able to keep its identity through this project.

“I thank our customers who usually drive to the station for their patience and understanding that fewer parking spaces will be available over the weekend when this challenging installation is carried out.”

Images: Network Rail 

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