Vital work to remove and reconstruct a footbridge at Eridge station in East Sussex took place over the weekend. The work was needed 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.

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 are being replaced with a new modern-designed footbridge.

The platform canopies at Eridge station will also be refurbished, improving the overall passenger experience for passengers commuting to London or visiting the Spa Valley Railway.

Paul Harwood, regional investment director for Network Rail, said:

“Construction of a new footbridge at Eridge is essential to maintain access across the railway between the lineside communities.

“The age and condition of the old bridge structure meant that continuing to maintain it was not an option as we have to maintain a safe access for the people who use the bridge and for the trains travelling below.

“The new bridge will be installed in two months’ time and deliver a safe and reliable walking route over the railway which will be of benefit for years to come.”

Angie Doll, Managing Director for Southern and Gatwick Express, said:

“On behalf of our Eridge passengers, we welcome this major investment in modern safety and comfort standards, and we are delighted that Network Rail have made such good progress on the project.

“While we are encouraging people to follow Government advice around the use of public transport, we thank those who do currently have to use Eridge station for their patience during this vital work.”

Mark Dodd, Customer Service Manager at Spa Valley Railway said:

“We are delighted to be working with Network Rail, BAM Nuttall and Govia Thameslink Railway on replacing the footbridge in Eridge.

“The new footbridge will be a significant improvement for our customers connecting from the mainline service. The level of detail in the project is very welcomed and I’m sure the finished product will be a much improved Eridge Station for everyone.”

“Please check our website www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk for the latest information on our fundraising efforts during Covid-19.”