Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A Bridge Too Far


A few people have asked when the new lifts at the station will be working. The answer, which I found out this morning is tinged with sadness. I was told by one of the gentlemen working on the project that:
"The new bridge can't open until the old one has been taken down."
They are in the process of trying to 'take possession' of the railway line (in other words close the station and possibly the line too) for a weekend so they can get the equipment in to remove the old footbridge. So take a last long look at it while you can. We still have a few weeks to go - it will probably be in early June when they remove it and open up the new footbridge (with working lifts).

Personally I don't understand why the old one needs to be removed before people can use the new one. In my mind two bridges gives people double the choice of where they want to cross the railway line. It costs more money and more inconvenience closing the station etc. for a weekend to remove it than to just leave it there offering people a second option.

The blog has discussed this situation before and it was suggested that it would cost more to maintain the bridge than to remove it but I find that a slightly incongruous argument. Perhaps the cost of taking it down is less than the cost of maintaining if for the next 20 years, but I doubt it would be less than maintaining if for the next five years. Perhaps the time to remove it should be when it would be needing its next major overhaul. In the meantime people would be able to use both. The idea that people can't use one so long as the other still exists just doesn't seem right to me.

Of course this also means we won't be able to see the new foot bridge (or anything else) from the old one any more. So we'll not have the opportunity to take photos like the one below. So enjoy this sight while you can too (complete with graffiti).






Promoted by Ranulph Murray, on behalf of Sutton Borough Conservatives Federation, both of 2a Sutton Court Road, Sutton, SM1 4SY

17 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Guest said...

I noticed the graffiti yesterday. Can't believe the chavs have daubed the new bridge before it's even open for public use. I hope it's sorted before the official opening and CCTV is correctly aligned. Toe rags!

Thomas the Tank said...

I can see it now ...

The old, sturdy bridge is finally removed with great difficulty. "Built to last", comments the foreman, after successive delays, "they sure don't build 'em like that any more!"

The new bridge is swiftly opened and structural cracks are immediately obvious ... days later, it's closed down and the entrances are barred, due to health and safety concerns.

Result: no bridge at all!

AlanRogers1 said...

Despite the fiasco with the Worcester Park improvements (?) we can still do a good job in this country, and normally do. I enjoyed the joke though.

jocypri said...

Do we know when that lovely new piece of platform is going to come into effect yet?


That frustrates me even more than the bridge issue. By the time the new carriages/longer platform comes in there will be so many more users that it will be totally irrelevant!

RobC said...

Totally agree!
I have suggested to SW Trains that the whole station is badly in need of redecoration and the graffiti that has been on the facia over the platform is removed.

Spud said...

Unlike the old bridge, the new one is just a perfect canvass for chav graffiti. Unless they use anti graffiti paint (does that exist) and point a load of CCTV cameras 24 hrs a day (I suspect this is done at like 2 or 3 in the morning), then it's just going to happen time and time again.

CN said...

Can anyone enlighten me as to why a large expensive bridge was chosen as the prefered option over just creating a ramp up to the London bound platform? No maintenance required, the old bridge could have stayed and the journey time from platform to platform via the street wouldn't have been significantly different than using the lift and bridge while still providing step free access. What am I missing?

Guest D said...

A very long and with gradients for wheelchairs that is long, and in winter very dangerous journey to go from the Southbound platform to the car park or disabled parking on the forecourt or of course vice versa.


Step free access, does not mean give disabled people a long and probably exhausting journey.

Dave said...

'I was told by one of the gentlemen working on the project that:

"The new bridge can't open until the old one has been taken down." '


I wouldn't rely on a site worker for information, as they are usually only told what they need to know. In any event, even if that absurd statement were true, the old footbridge could simply be closed off at the foot of each staircase. A possession to remove the old footbridge (built at Wimbledon Works, incidentally) should only require a few hours, early on a Sunday morning, with little disruption.

Dave said...

As I understand it, the introduction of 10-car trains on this line should take place within a year from now. Most likely it will involve the addition of 'cascaded' (second-hand) 2-car units, which have not been popular elsewhere, to the familiar 8-cars. Don't expect any fancy new 5+5 units within the next decade.

Dave said...

As far as this kind of vandalism is concerned I assume it's mostly done by young males. I cannot believe that their families don't know what they are doing. Anyone using paint, particularly at night, is sure to get some on their hands or clothes, and smell of it too. If they store the aerosols at home the people they live with must be aware of the purpose, and be tacitly condoning it. Not that I can make out what these 'tags' mean, nor do I have any time for the supposed 'art' of 'Banksy' which too is graffiti. I wonder how these morons would react if someone graffito'd their Xbox or play-station.
No doubt when one of these brain-dead oiks falls off a roof NR will be taken to task by 'Health & Safety' for failing to secure the site.

Guest said...

CN, you're missing that it's politically correct to very inefficiently spend lots of money, particularly just before elections.

Funny how a footbridge across the railway tracks, including two lifts can be built - yet the simple and inexpensive task of removing graffiti from the main bridge, across the main road, remains as elusive as ever!

Guest ab said...

Has anyone noticed the awful coloured graffiti on the new bridge. Obviously the yobs have now got a colouring set. I just can't believe that Network Rail has a design which can allow easy access to cause this vandalism. What about their cctv, not much of a deterrent !!!!!!!!
Great gateway to the new revitalised Worcester Park.

misslawbore said...

I think the graffiti are rather fetching and show artistic promise. If they are cleaned there will just be a blank space, inviting a new effort. Instead of a blank space what about a design competition to fill it - all I can think of at the moment is: Welcome to Worcester Park - Gateway to London :0)

RobC said...

I noticed yesterday that Banksy has been at work on the bridge !!

Guest said...

It looks truly awful - no doubt it was done during the hours of darkness and probably whilst whoever heavily intoxicated. Whoever thinks they're an artist is sadly very wrong and without an ounce of talent.

Guest ab said...

The old bridge has gone. Sad day for WP

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