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New footbridge at Sussex station

Eridge station in East Sussex has a new footbridge after Network Rail completed a £1.8 million project.

Eridge station serves the rural district in East Sussex with Southern trains services via the Uckfield branch of the Oxted line. The existing staircases and bridge have been replaced with a new modern-designed footbridge due to the age and condition of the old structure, in order to protect the safety of those using the bridge and the trains operating below.

Glazing panels have been incorporated into the footbridge to allow for natural light. The platform canopies at Eridge station have also been refurbished, improving the overall passenger experience for passengers commuting to London or visiting the Spa Valley Railway.

Eridge stairs.

Paul Harwood, regional investment director for Network Rail, said: “The new bridge will deliver a safe and reliable walking route over the railway while maintaining access between the lineside communities.

“We are committed to improving the railway environment for passengers, and this footbridge will enhance their journey experience for many years to come”.

Chris Fowler, customer services director for Southern and Gatwick Express, said: “On behalf of our Eridge customers, we welcome Network Rail’s major investment in modern safety and comfort standards.

“The new footbridge will complement the comprehensive refurbishment in the pipeline for Eridge station, including improvements to the main building, better seating and toilets, as part of our network-wide, multimillion-pound station improvement programme.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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