At Alresford we have now moved to the London end where the foot crossing there requires adapting to accommodate re-alignment of the signal cables and wires from the wet (very) six foot to the side of the tracks. Replacement of some of the boarding will need to be carried out as not only is it time expired but a new configuration of the supports will be needed to accommodate the repositioned cable and rodding ducts. This job was best suited for a non-running period when the gangs from the Building and S&T Departments could have uninterrupted periods of work from train movements (apart from the Wickham), if not bad weather intervals. The P/Way gangs have taken the opportunity to replace some very old sleepers and re-ballast a part of the track that used to be very soggy. Another team from the Building Department have also been finishing of the at the country end crossing with paths duly flagged over with the one on the upside just to be completed.
At Ropley the contractors have now laid the tarmac at the new waiting room site, which finishes the area very neatly. Our gang have gone back on site now to continue cleaning up the wrought iron stanchions (originally from Ringwood station) and applied more red oxide and undercoat to protect them over the winter. Our fencing team have also been busy re-positioning the round top fence panels around the back of the site in the new alignment. As this was started during Wizard /Halloween weekend the pumkin colour worn was most appropriate.
At Medstead our annual assault on the up platform has begun with our contractor removing the last section of the delaminated brickwork and preparing to lay the new courses. This will complete this job that has been done in stages over the last four winters to ensure that the platform edge is secure, safe and also looking very smart.