Freshford station has recently had a bit of a refresh. The footbridge and railings have been repainted, a new replica Freshford sign has been installed both of which support the fantastic work that has been undertaken through the year on the station garden.
The Freshford station sign on the southbound was deteriorating rapidly and was deemed not to be repairable. The old sign was an original sign from when Freshford station was built. GWR and Severnside largely funded the creation and installation of an exact replica new sign, and a small amount of additional funding was provided by both the Parish Council and FLiSCA to make up the slight shortfall and ensure that key elements such as repainting the posts took place.
GWR Press Statement
A celebration took place on Freshford station to mark the completion of the repainting of the station.
It also marked the communities’ time and energy that had been devoted to the provision of a new deep blue enamel station sign in the original style. The sign had been beautifully made by David Gatrell of family-run engineers AJ Wells and Sons Ltd who had travelled from his company in the Isle of Wight to be at the event.
Also gathered at the station were Cllr Neil Butters, Bathavon South Ward – Bath & North east Council, Alex Hills and Ann Jenner of GWR, Heather Cullimore and Faye Keane of Severnside Community Rail Partnership, John Adler of Freshford Parish Council and local residents.
There was a display of models of locomotives that would have passed the station including Freshford Manor and the Titfield Thunderbolt (Lion) that went through when the famous Ealing film was being made.