Renovation work on the old railway line at Weymouth begins

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WORK has finally started to renovate an old section of railway track in Weymouth as part of a £1million upgrade to the town’s station.

The old railway line between King Street and Jubilee Retail Park, part of the old Harbor Tramway, is being transformed into a new cycle and pedestrian link and Rail Heritage Park.

Work which Dorset Coast Forum, the company coordinating the work, said would initially start in March, began yesterday Tuesday May 10 and is expected to last approximately four to five weeks, during which time the current path will be closed to the public.

The Railway Heritage Park is being created to conserve the tracks and remind residents and tourists of the contribution the railway once made to Weymouth. It will run along a new pedestrian and cycle link from the narrow zone between two major business sectors.

A spokesperson for the Dorset Coast Forum said: “This work is expected to take approximately 4-5 weeks when the final surfacing is completed in both the pedestrian area of ​​the station forecourt and the Rail Heritage Park. Please note that the King Street’s current path to Jubilee Retail Park will be closed during this time.

“Like the station, the new park will certainly make a difference and when developed will be an attractive, green and welcoming railway heritage park (also known as Pocket Park) for all to enjoy.

“Railway heritage information acknowledging the contribution the railway has made to Weymouth over the years will be displayed on the station forecourt, as well as where the tram lines exist, in the new Railway Heritage Park , an area called “the loop” by Cosens Quay and the peninsula side of the quay. Heritage Information Designs are being developed to create artistic, contemporary and colorful designs with life-size figures to represent heritage and link to other sites around town.

The improvements are part of a wider £1million upgrade to Weymouth station, which also includes a new forecourt, a new transport link and a refurbished car park.

The project was given the green light in October despite criticism from councilors who described the project as “half-baked” and “falling short” of the city’s needs.

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