Last week Cornwall Council rejected plans from Network Rail for the removal of the grade 2 listed footbridge at St Erth Railway Station to be replaced by a new bridge and lift structure.
St Erth Parish Council, back by St Erth Resident’s Association, spoke out against the removal of the historic bridge saying it would ruin the character of the station.
Speaking at a meeting of the council’s west sub-area planning committee on Tuesday parish councillor, Mick Hanley, said: “The Victorian era bridge is an integral part of the highly regarded grade 2 listed station and is much loved by visitors and residents alike. At parish council meetings, Network Rail's proposal to demolish the bridge has met with universal condemnation by councillors and parishioners alike, not to mention the nation's architectural historians - the county council must take this into account.”
Much credit is due to our New Zealand Cornwall Railway Society website contributor Steve Martin who wrote to the Cornishman with a scathing criticism of the plans.
"Now", Steve says - "Let's try and save the signalbox and semaphores". 'Power to his distant elbow' we say!