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A Walk Around Bletchley Viaduct – 16th June 3020

Today, I donned my mask and took a train to Bletchley station, where I took a walk around the Bletchley Viaduct.

Note.

  1. How the section of the viaduct over the West Coast Main Line has been removed.
  2. The viaduct seems to be mainly flat sections, with three arches, where it crossed the road.

Judging by the noise of concrete being attacked by pneumatic drills, it would appear to be a tough piece of concrete to partially demolish. This could be a good thing, as a station guy told me. that the latest plan was to build the new viaduct and the two platforms on the foundations of the old viaduct.

This Google Map shows the station.

Note.

  1. Bletchley station with its six platforms.
  2. The viaduct running diagonally across the West Coast Main Line and then past the East side of the station.

This visualisation from East West Rail shows an idea for the new station.

It would appear the visualisation was taken from somewhere near the roundabout on the East side of the viaduct.

I took this picture from the zebra crossing outside the pub, by the roundabout.

It looks to me, that the retaining wall on the other side of the crossing will be removed and the station entrance will go somewhere along the straight part of the viaduct.

  • It could be about the place where a heavy digger or crane is working.
  • An entrance here, would give access to the bus station and the Brunel Shopping Centre on the other side of the roundabout.
  • If you look at the wider maps of the area, it can be seen that the stadium, where Milton Keynes Dons play their home matches is not that far away. So the new entrance, will ease getting to one of the least accessible football grounds in the country.

This Google Map shows an enlargement of the roundabout and the surrounding area.

Note.

  1. The Bus Station in the North-East corner of the map.
  2. The Brunel Shopping Centre in the South East corner of the map.
  3. The roundabout, where I took the picture on the zebra crossing, of the retaining wall.
  4. The step-free footbridge in Bletchley station can be clearly seen

It would appear, that there is space behind the retaining wall to build the station entrance alongside the viaduct and link it to the existing footbridge to give access to the rest of the station.

It appears that Network Rail are using the reinstatement of the East West Railway, as an opportunity to sort out important transport needs in Bletchley.

 

June 17, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. It is good that the line is being reopened but it can’t be called the Varsity line again as it will not reach Cambridge.

    Comment by MauriceGReed | June 17, 2020 | Reply

    • It will eventually reach Cambridge, hopefully by 2030, when Cambridge will have three stations. Plans published by East West Rail have trains going as far as Ipswich Manningtree and Norwich on a one train per two hours basis.

      It should be remembered that the flyover had only been constructed in 1959 and had been intended to carry eighty trains per day.

      Beeching had also recommended keeping the line.

      But despite all that Harold Wilson closed the Varsity Line in 1966. It was probably along with the closure of the Borders Railway, one of the most stupid rail closures of the period.

      Wilson believed everybody would have their own car and his Transport Minister was a lorry driver, who no doubt believed all goods should be carried by nationalised road transport.

      Comment by AnonW | June 17, 2020 | Reply


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