Moreton-in-Marsh footbridge repairs complete at last

Rail passengers and local residents can once again use the steps on the bridge that links the platforms at Moreton-in-Marsh station, after a long closure awaiting repairs.

In 2019, when the original surfacing on the steps and the bridge deck over the tracks had become badly worn and dangerous, the CLPG called on Great Western Railway to deal with the problem.

An initial attempt to replace the worn areas using thin metal sheets with a textured surface, attached by metal studs, soon began to fail as well.

Barriers were put in place in 2022 to stop people using the steps, later replaced by metal fences, with only the ramped sections of the bridge still in use.

After an extended period with the steps out of bounds, work began to lay a new stone chipping surface on the steps, ramps and bridge deck earlier this year.

Although the surfacing world was completed in early May, the steps remained closed off until the end of the month, when the step edge plates were finally refitted and the fences were taken down.

  • The footbridge is the third one to span the tracks at Moreton-in-Marsh station. A GWR structure from the 1870s was replaced by British Rail a century later. The current ramped bridge was installed in the mid-2000s, in connection with the development of new housing at Blenheim Farm, east of the station. As well as serving rail passengers, it forms part of a public footpath between the houses and the town centre.
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