Network Rail has found a new home in Hampshire for a wrought iron bridge at King’s Cross station made famous by its appearance in the Harry Potter films.
The 1893-built Handyside Bridge ran through the middle of King’s Cross until its removal in 2009 as part of the station’s redevelopment. It has now been moved to Hampshire and will be donated this Christmas to not for profit railway heritage organisation the Mid Hants Railway.
The bridge was transported on the back of nine lorries to Eastleigh near Southampton and will now be shot blasted and painted before being moved to its new home in December, Network Rail said. A new bridge will open at King’s Cross in the spring.
A Network Rail spokesman said the bridge’s steep steps had meant it was only ever used at King’s Cross by station staff and Harry Potter fans and there were few locations which could have accommodated the bridge without removing large sections. A Mid Hants Railway spokesman said the organisation had been looking for a footbridge to provide a viewing location across its tracks.