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New footbridge at Westgate-on-Sea

Westgate-on-Sea station in Kent has a new footbridge giving stepped access between the station’s two platforms over the tracks of the Chatham Main Line.

As part of an £800,000 replacement project, a new steel footbridge has been designed, manufactured and erected, while improvements have also been made to the staircase, surfacing, tactile strips, and handrails.

Westgate-on-Sea railway station is on the Chatham main line and serves the town of Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. It is 72 miles (116.6 km) down the line from London Victoria and is situated between Birchington-on-Sea and Margate.

Fiona Taylor, route director at Network Rail said: “The work at Westgate-on-Sea is part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, making journeys better for customers while giving the community a station they can be proud of.

“The replacement of this life expired asset is vital to improve the reliability of journeys for our passengers and I thank the community for their patience while we completed this essential upgrade.”

Jon Sandford, Station Manager for Southeastern at Westgate-on-Sea, said: “We’re always wanting to do more for our passengers and this new footbridge not only ensures that passengers will be able to safely cross the railway for generations to come, but also improves the appearance of the station.

“We’re grateful to Network Rail for completing this work in a way that minimised disruption to our passengers’ journeys.”

The construction works such as new bridge foundations and substructures took place in stages, with minimal disruption to the station users. The footbridge replacement also provided an opportunity to upgrade CCTV coverage and improve security for station users.

The footbridge was prefabricated, which reduced the risk of working at height.

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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