Lots of work over several weekends at the end of the month to connect the Down Relief Goods Loop to the main line. This will provide a longer loop and faster entry and exit to the loop - was 5mph!
Our station has been further enhanced with the arrival of two splendid new benches, presented to the Dorridge & District Residents Association (DDRA) by Knowle and Dorridge Lions to mark their 40th Anniversary. A big 'thank you' to the Lions, and to DDRA for choosing to locate the benches at the station.
The Friends of Dorridge Station (FODS) took the first step towards becoming part of the nationwide Incredible Edible scheme with the delivery of a new raised bed at the station. The site was provided by Chiltern Railways by removing disused cycle boxes and the bed was constructed and assembled on site by the Family Care Trust's Community Gardening Service, which provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities or mental health problems. The 'Friends' Chairman, Piers Wolf explained, “The intention now is for members of local scout groups to plant and maintain produce which we hope passengers will enjoy picking as they pass, and if the project succeeds we hope to add a second bed alongside the existing one. We are grateful to Solihull Council, Chiltern Railways, and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) for their financial support.”
Gardens full of spring flowers!
Ladies and Gents Toliets:
At long last Chiltern Railways have started on the refurbishment of the toilets. Work started on 1st March and will take approximately 4 weeks.
Update December 2016
It’s all been fairly quiet on the station front but at long last we have some developments to report:-
Chiltern Railways are planning to refurbish both the Ladies & Gents toilets early next year – 2017.
Network Rail are also planning to refurbish the footbridge between Platforms 1 and 2/3 next Spring.
Over 2 years ago FODS drew up plans to refurbish the Waiting Room on Platform 2/3. Although we have no date as yet to make a start we are now more confident that this project can come to fruition sometime in 2017.
We could still do with a few more volunteers to help with the watering and maintenance of the flower tubs. It’s not too time consuming – only a couple of hours per week and only for one month of the year. If you feel you can help, please let us know.
Update December 2015
Waiting Room - the source of the damp had been indentified as a cracked cast iron down pipe inset into the brickwork. Network Rail have now replaced the pipe and the area now seems to have dried out. Once fully dry we can repaint the affected area.
The floor needs annual maintenance - light sand and revarnish. This work was done over a couple of days during the first week of December.
Platform 2/3 Waiting Room - we are currently investigated the possibilty of refurbishing this waiting room to a similar standard as that on Platform 1. A feasibilty study is underway to establish costs and and any sources of funding.
Gardening/Watering Team - a small pre-Christmas "do" was held on the 3rd December as a way of thanking all those who help with the gardening and watering.
New Waiting Room
In March 2013 Chiltern Railways agreed that FoDS could adopt the disused former 1930's Waiting Room on the London-bound platform.
On completion, the room, which was used for many years as a cycle store, will be available to passengers as a Waiting Room during the day and to local community groups as a meeting space in the evening and at weekends. Art Deco style lighting, decoration and fittings will reflect the original and we hope the finished product will be enjoyed by all who use it. It should certainly be appreciated by anyone, perhaps even by you, who has shivered on the wet and windy platform in winter.
The total cost of the project will be in the region of £29,000 and we have received financial contributions so far from Solihull Council, Dorridge and District Residents Association (DDRA), Centro, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships and the Railway Heritage Trust. We have also enjoyed invaluable practical support from Chiltern Railways.
Work on the Waiting Room started in September 2013 with Network Rail resolving the damp problems on two of the walls. We aim to complete the work early Spring 2014.
The Waiting Room was officially opened on 24th March 2014 and was opened to the public the following day.
FoDS have taken responsibility for maintaining and watering the garden areas and plant tubs on the station. At the beginning of October 2013, Network Rail have started replacing the coping stones on the edges of Platforms 2/3 and during the work, they have agreed to create a garden area on that platform to place the plant tubs. This will help to reduce the amount of watering!
Due to an incident, work on the platforms stopped at the end of October however we now understand that work will recommence on 3rd February 2014 and should be completed during May.
Now into August and the work on the platform still not complete. However as the pictures below show the garden area nearest the waiting room is in place as is the one further down the platform but this still has temporary fencing around it.
Once the work has been completed we will need to add good quality topsoil before we start planting shrubs.
October 29th 2014 - a long last we can access both garden areas on Platform 2/3 and a group spent the morning weeding, taking off 6 inches of topsoil, putting in a layer of compost/soil improver and then putting the topsoil back.
All now ready for planting!
November 2014 - planting now complete! Some of the shrubs that had outgrown the tubs on Platform 1 have been moved to the new areas, the rest are all new shrubs.