WORK CONTINUES ON THE NEW STATION AT
KINGFISHER LEISURE PARK
Construction of the platform commenced on site on 28th May 2021 and progress has been very good. At the end of the first work session the steel framework and platform decking were transported to Kingfisher by rail and the platform support framework erected. Work continued on the w/c 31st May with final alignment of the steelwork and bolting in place. Following this the Polydeck platform surface panels were laid in place and secured.
Timber for the fencing was obtained from Wards Timber of Frosterley then cut, trimmed and treated with preservative at Wolsingham Depot before being transported to the site using the Trust owned ‘Lomac’ wagon and hauled by our freshly painted Sentinel shunter. Later, the boundary gate and anti-trespass panels were also delivered to the worksite
In the last two weeks of June all of the deck panels have been bolted down, fenceposts drilled and bolted on to the framework. Then the rails were screwed to the fenceposts ready for the palings. Finally a footpath was dug out on the railway side, posts concreted in and a gate installed. It is hoped that the station will be complete and ready for use by the middle to end of July.
This project has been carried out by Trust volunteers with assistance also from WRL staff and is funded by a donation from a Trust member.
Visitors please note : When operational, the platform will be a conditional halt ( i.e. the guard needs to be informed when train passengers wish to alight and passengers waiting on the platform have to clearly hail the train ). The platform is easily accessible via the Weardale Way footpath, a public right of way. There is no public road access or parking at the station.