Broadway railway station
The Broadway Area Group of Volunteers are in their 3rd year of rebuilding Broadway Station. The Group, which is affiliated to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, started out in the early days with 6 enthusiasts, who's vision was to prepare the Station and all it's services for the arrival of track from the GWSR railway to the south. The first year was largely spent cutting back the the undergrowth that had built up over the previous 30years since the railway was in operation.
Platform 1 in the Winter Sunshine
Since then the volunteer contingent has grown to 45 strong and teams of 20 people turn up for work on Wednesdays and Saturdays, come rain or shine! The last 18 months have been largely spent on rebuilding platform 1 of the station and as at February 2012 this is virtually complete. The materials to carry out this building work( blue and red engineering bricks) have been reclaimed from a variety of sources which include the Wisley Sewage Works and the old central platform from Honeybourne Station. The project has been entirely self funded by the Broadway Area Group, who have found a variety of innovative ways to raise money, including sponsorship of coping slabs, raffles and an onsite bric a brac stall. The Group has also been given generous donations of £1000 from the Broadway Traders, the Broadway Parish Council and the the Friends of the Cotwolds respectively. All those funds go towards the costs of raw materials such as sand, cement and basic tools.
Volunteers unloading Reclaimed Bricks
The Group are now planning to move onto platform 2 which will include the footings of a new signal box. In the background senior members of the GWSR are entering into discussions with Wychavon County Council to obtain the appropriate planning consent to develop the Station proper.
The speed at which the Station and the interconnecting line are operationalised is entirely down to the availability of funds. We are seeking as much help from the local community and supporters of the Railway as they can muster. There has been great generosity so far, but if we are to succeed in our endeavours, additional generous benefactors are need. If you can help, you will be contributing to the creation of a first class tourist attraction for the area which will assist in expanding the volume of tourism in the Cotswolds as a whole.
If you would like more information on the day to day work by the Group then visit http://broadwaygwsr.blogspot.com/. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Broadway Area Group, or would like to make a donation to our cause then contact Bill Britton at through the www.broadwaystation.co.uk website.
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