What next for the LMS Swingbridge?
The Swingbridge is owned by Network Rail and is now in a very poor state of repair as is highlighted by its inclusion in the Historic England ‘Heritage At Risk’ Register 2014. It is important not to lose this rare survival of Oxford’s industrial heritage and the story it has to tell.
OPT has been working hard to raise the money needed to save this rare piece of Oxford’s heritage and following enabling work in over a cold night in March, we were able to successfully turn the Swingbridge onto the bank and away from the stream. Shortly, ownership of the Swingbridge will pass to OPT from Network Rail and we will then move on site to repair and restore the bridge structure. Although we have raised a considerable sum already we still need to find £70,000 to complete the repair and restoration works. If you can help support this project donate here or get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This project would not be possible without the support of our partners Historic England, Network Rail, Chiltern Railways, the Railway Heritage Trust, Oxfordshire CPRE BPT and the City Council.