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New station  Winslow  Bucks

The Monday Photo

Every so often I’ll poke my head over the railway bridge on Buckingham Road, Winslow, to see how things are progressing with the new East West Rail line.

But I can’t any more, as the mid 19th Century bridge’s parapets have been built up to over head height; all part of the work for the project.

Before this project started, the railway cutting had been overgrown for years. I remember goods trains coming through in the late 1960s, after the old station had closed in 1968.

As you can see, this is the new Winslow railway station; the site of the old one, where you might expect it at the bottom of Station road, was built on years ago so can’t be used.

There’s no track yet, but East West Rail say “we will be installing track through Winslow between January and April 2023.” They also say they expect to be running a scheduled service by 2025. There’s an immense amount of work involved in rebuilding this railway line; I’ve covered it several times here on the North Bucks Wanderer.

As ever, nearly everything built here in Southern England is built over and shaped by what came before. Here for example, the new line follows the route of the old one, the new station is in the only place it can go.

If you ever spot a peculiar bit of road or an odd shaped house, it will have been made that way by the work of the past; just keep an eye out and you’ll start noticing it.

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