Pewsey Station gets its own footbridge for the very first time
This afternoon (4 March) Claire Perry, MP for Devizes and Under-Secretary of State for Transport, formally declared Pewsey Station’s very own custom-made new footbridge open.
If you thought that the old footbridge that linked the up and down line platforms at Pewsey was designed and built for that station you would be wrong.
Its predecessor had been in use at Pewsey Station since 1969 - but it was not new then - purchased as a secondhand structure brought from Cookham Station in Berkshire after seeing many years service there.
The old bridge was “looking very shabby” was not safe in icy conditions - despite the best attentions of station manager Trevor Bevan MBE.
The replacement is great improvement on the original structure, much wider with good non-slip steps and walkway, and lighting so that you can see where you are about to place your foot on a dark night.
This new one cost £465,000 - paid for by Network Rail. It even has a built in rainwater drainage system.
Work began in July last year and was supposed to be finished by the end of October ”well before the worst of the winter weather” - said Mrs Perry when she visited the station in July 2015. With the icy blast whipping across the open station area this afternoon it felt that she may well be right.