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Wooden 1930s railway station to be rebuilt

The wooden platforms of a 1930s railway station, which were constructed from 100-year-old railway sleepers, are set to be rebuilt in plastic, concrete and steel from the end of this month, Network Rail has announced.

Contractor C Spencer will demolish the timber platforms and support structures at Cosford station near Wolverhampton, before rebuilding new glass reinforced polymer (GRP) platforms which will be laid on concrete cross beams and steel supports. The platforms will have a non-slip surface with tactile paving to denote the platform edge.

“The station has two wooden platforms and sections of it are constructed from original wooden sleepers,” said Network Rail senior building surveyor Adam Checkley. “This could well mean that they are over 100 years old and they have done well to last this long, but with the increasingly large numbers of people visiting the Cosford Air Show, now is the time to replace them.”

Work is due to start on 31 October and continue until mid-March 2012. The project timing was planned so that the station could re-open in time to take passengers travelling to the Cosford Air Show next summer.

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