The Anonymous Widower

Taplow Station – 3rd May 2019

I went to Reading today and on the way, I noticed that a step-free bridge was being erected at Taplow station.

So on the way back, I stopped and took some pictures.

I took this other set of pictures before Crossrail construction had started.

The old Victorian bridge has been scrapped Wikipedia says this.

The station is a popular location for railway photographers and enthusiasts owing to the secluded location, long views of track alignments and the low number of station users at off-peak times. When a special train is due, the footbridge and platforms will usually have a large number of photographers and enthusiasts along them. The original footbridge dating from 1884 was removed in totality in mid-2018, and replaced by a second temporary structure. The refurbishment of the lattice footbridge (damaged by railway contractors) appears to have been cancelled; a new footbridge with lifts at the London end of the station has started construction in autumn 2018.

I do hope that the designers of the new footbridge are providing a bridge with lots of space and good views.

I would have thought that the a double version of the  winner of the Network Rail/RIBA competition could have been used.

It would appear to be more affordable for a start, but it probably wasn’t designed, when the contract was awarded.

Conclusion

I do think that there has been some bad decisions made concerning Taplow station.

May 3, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. At Taplow we’re getting the same design as the new one at Seven Kings (without the long walkway) now it’s nearing completion. I think Langley is also getting the same design. Taplow’s 1884 bridge has apparently been sent away to be re used by the GWSR at Cheltenham Race Course Station.

    You should take some new photos whilst visible construction works are underway at Acton Main Line, West Ealing, Iver, Langley, Slough, Taplow and Maidenhead. Burnham station’s new lift now appears to be in public use. Platform extension works are underway at Slough and Maidenhead. The DOO cameras are also being installed in preparation for the use of the TfL-Rail 345s in December to Reading. No sign of Oyster readers being installed yet.

    P.S. Taplow station also was used in episode 4, series 1 of the recent BBC drama, ‘Killing Eve’. I’ve been on the lookout for trained killers ever since!

    Comment by Paul | August 14, 2019 | Reply

    • Thanks! I intend to visit all the stations soon!

      Comment by AnonW | August 14, 2019 | Reply


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