Worcester Shrub Hill luggage bridge to be restored

Worcester Shrub Hill Luggage Bridge
Credit: West Midlands Railway
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West Midlands Railway and Network Rail have announced that the former luggage bridge at Worcester Shrub Hill station will be restored.

Work started on the project on the 5th of October and work will last until May 2020, and the car park and available spaces at the station will be limited whilst the works take place.

Worcester Shrub Hill was built between 1850 and 1954 by Edward Wilson and became a listed building in 1971.

Due to the fact that the Grade II listed bridge had fallen into disrepair, this important piece of railway heritage will now be restored. A crane will be brought in to lift the bridge out and new windows and a roof will be fitted. Once painted and completed, the bridge will be lifted back into place next spring.

Car parking at the station will return to normal whilst the bridge is off-site. Once the work is completed, the spaces will be reduced again while the bridge is returned back into position.

There will be no disruption to any of the train services whilst the bridge restoration works are carried out.

Lawrence James, scheme project manager at Network Rail, said:

“This Railway Upgrade Plan work is essential to protect the bridge from the elements and we need to take action now before it cannot be saved. Passengers will benefit from the refurbishment as the station will look brighter and the structure of the bridge will be much safer.”

Brenda Lawrence, head of stations for West Midlands Railway, said:

“We thank our customers who drive to Worcester Shrub Hill for their patience while Network Rail carries out these important works to improve the appearance of the station.”

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  • The Grade II listed bridge at Worcester Shrub Hill does need a lot of TLC. Rather than replacing it with a new footbridge. Hope that the listed bridge does get the treatment it really needs.