Local TV channel’s video documentaries track station big build
April 29, 2013
From the first ceremonial spade in the ground in October to last month’s overnight installation of a 170 tonne steel footbridge, local TV service Stratford TV has been capturing the construction of Warwickshire’s newest train station, Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway, which will welcome its first passengers when in opens next month.
Stratford TV’s video documentaries of progress on the major civil engineering project, which is being carried out by contractor Buckingham Group on behalf of Warwickshire County Council, are available to view online at www.stratfordtv.tv (click on Stratford Parkway) and on this site (see below).
Featuring interviews with the engineers, project managers, contractors and Warwickshire County Council officials who have been involved in the development of Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway, plus action shots of the major construction work that has been taking place onsite and elsewhere to make the train station a reality, the videos document the sheer amount of work and planning that goes into such a project.
The opening of the station next month will mean enhanced rail services for passengers in Stratford-upon-Avon, with weekday trains running later into the evenings and increased frequency of the existing Saturday services.
When Stratford TV visited the site in February, rain and snow were doing their best to try and hamper construction, but progress was maintained despite the elements.
The online TV service also travelled up to Nottinghamshire to witness the construction of the station’s brand new footbridge, which involved 170 tonnes of steel and over 4,000 hours of work.
And last month, Stratford TV returned to the Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway construction site at Bishopton to witness the overnight installation of the very same footbridge over the train line, an event that involved a very large crane and was a giant step forward in the train station’s development.
John Harvey, Stratford Parkway Programme Manager at Warwickshire County Council, said: “It’s been great having Stratford TV with us to document this major transport engineering project for Warwickshire, which will soon be ready for rail passengers to use.
“Stratford TV’s enthusiasm for and interest in the development of Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway is clear to see in the mini documentaries they’ve produced. I really hope that people will go online and view them before the train station opens, to get a true sense of the amount of work by so many people that has gone into getting the station ready for passengers.
“We look forward to welcoming Stratford TV back to Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway in the coming weeks as we complete construction and finally officially open the station.”
Martin Head, Managing Director of Stratford TV, said: “Stratford TV is all about telling stories that are important to our local area and it’s been great to have been able to follow the building of Stratford Parkway with our cameras. Everyone involved has been amazingly helpful as we’ve recorded just what goes into the building of a new railway station.”