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Work is set to begin at Harringay railway station this month as part of a project to strengthen the footbridge.
The existing bridge was built in 1885 and has the ticket office on it. Some of the original structure is still in place and work is now needed so it remains fit for purpose for years to come.
The first part of the project begins on the 26th of February when a new office for staff will be built on platform 1 and will allow passengers to get travel information.
Once complete the existing office on the footbridge will close and be removed, a detailed inspection of the bridge can then take place and plans for the work required can be made.
It is expected that most of the work will be carried out during the daytime, although some work will take place overnight when there are no trains running.
The work is expected to be completed by June with the work to strengthen the footbridge taking place next winter.
Credit: Network Rail
Paul Rutter, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Coast route, said: “This project to strengthen the footbridge at Harringay station is vital, so passengers using the station to connect to London or to the East Coast Main Line can continue using it for years to come.”
“We need to build the new office on platform 1 first, so that the one on the bridge can close. We’ll then carry out detailed inspections of the footbridge to find out what the best options are to strengthen it.”
“We’ve carefully planned this work to avoid any disruption to train services and we want to thank people who live near the railway for their patience.”
Tom Moran, Managing Director for Thameslink and Great Northern, said: “On behalf of our Harringay passengers I welcome Network Rail’s investment in the station’s future. As well as extending the life of the bridge it will create more space at the entrance. There’ll be a convenient new help point for people who need assistance to go down to the platforms.”
“These improvements will be complemented by new landscaping as part of our network-wide, multimillion-pound station improvement programme.”
“We want all our passengers to enjoy a better station experience when they come back to travel with us. In the meantime, if you have to travel, please remember to wash your hands, wear a face covering and keep your distance.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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