New paint for footbridge completes Link railway station's facelift

Evesham Journal: The bridge before the repainting. The bridge before the repainting.

A MAJOR overhaul for Malvern Link's railway station has now been completed with a new coat of paint for the footbridge.

Two completely new station buildings were opened earlier this year, providing new waiting rooms on both platforms. plus a new ticket office, in a style matching the station's Victorian heritage.

And the job has now been finished with a new paint job for the footbridge linking the two platforms.

The completion of the $3500,000 project has been welcomed by MP Harriett Baldwin, who formally opened the new buildings in March.

Mrs Baldwin said: “The new-look train station is very impressive, but when I formally opened facility, the bridge looked a little sad and unloved. The coat of paint makes a big difference and the station now looks fantastic.

“Our long-term economic plan is helping job growth and 7,900 more people in West Worcestershire are now working compared to 2010. The new station will help attract both inward investors, tourists and commuters.”

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2:32pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Bufton Tufton says...

News? The painting was finished weeks ago. Pity that the private company (London-Midland) who staff the railway station have cut the hours the booking office is open, now that the taxpayer has funded the building of a nice new station.
News? The painting was finished weeks ago. Pity that the private company (London-Midland) who staff the railway station have cut the hours the booking office is open, now that the taxpayer has funded the building of a nice new station. Bufton Tufton
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4:58pm Tue 15 Jul 14

BadgerMash says...

Hilarious. The bridge has a layer of what looks like basic anti-rust paint slapped on it (at least the old colour scheme attempted to blend in with the sky - or couldn't we at least have had the old GWR cream?) and this is regarded as so much of a great public work that the usual offender(s) have to go and stand in front of it for the cameras.

And still no accessible toilets at Great Malvern Station.
Hilarious. The bridge has a layer of what looks like basic anti-rust paint slapped on it (at least the old colour scheme attempted to blend in with the sky - or couldn't we at least have had the old GWR cream?) and this is regarded as so much of a great public work that the usual offender(s) have to go and stand in front of it for the cameras. And still no accessible toilets at Great Malvern Station. BadgerMash
  • Score: 3

6:31pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Jayce says...

7900 more people are now working in west Worcestershire.
That's before the station was rebuilt!!
What a pointless comment from Harriet Baldwin.
7900 more people are now working in west Worcestershire. That's before the station was rebuilt!! What a pointless comment from Harriet Baldwin. Jayce
  • Score: 3

1:54pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Tim Crump says...

Just how much did that paint job cost? 3.5 million dollars?
Just how much did that paint job cost? 3.5 million dollars? Tim Crump
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9:30am Fri 18 Jul 14

Bufton Tufton says...

PS Why did the project cost 3500,000 US.when the building cost of a modest new build detached house is about £70,000.00?. I estimate the two buildings= £150,000.00 same again for the new entrance and £20,000.00 for painting the footbridge plus £150.000.00 for the car park works, £30,000.000 for demolition of the old wooden prefabs
and £30,000.00 for sundries total £530,000.00. The building equipment was on sight for about a year but the builders were only in attendance for a few weeks. Most of the time they were conspicuous by their absence. Why do these public sector projects take so long?

The fire station at Malvern Link is just the same. They started then abandon the work and then there is a brief flurry of intense activity. For most of the time, nothing happens
PS Why did the project cost 3500,000 US.when the building cost of a modest new build detached house is about £70,000.00?. I estimate the two buildings= £150,000.00 same again for the new entrance and £20,000.00 for painting the footbridge plus £150.000.00 for the car park works, £30,000.000 for demolition of the old wooden prefabs and £30,000.00 for sundries total £530,000.00. The building equipment was on sight for about a year but the builders were only in attendance for a few weeks. Most of the time they were conspicuous by their absence. Why do these public sector projects take so long? The fire station at Malvern Link is just the same. They started then abandon the work and then there is a brief flurry of intense activity. For most of the time, nothing happens Bufton Tufton
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