Erection of the necessary uprights and subsequent cross-girders has focused attention on the visual impact of this on both the Chilterns and North Wessex Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, especially where the tracks are carried on embankments past South Stoke and over the river at Gatehampton. Older routes have used cables strung between uprights or the third rail, but the higher speeds now demand (up to 140 mph) a more rigid and complex system with greater visual impact.
Not for the first time, Network Rail have created resentment by their lack of consideration for the communities and the countryside, with their interpretation of the legislation in this area, but their options are limited. It has been suggested that the gantries be painted green or black.
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Save the Goring Gap
The Railway Action Group (RAG) is a group dedicated to the protection of the beautiful Goring Gap from the desecration of the landscape by Network Rail’s bulky, environmentally insensitive and one-size-fits-all electrification design. RAG is fully supportive of railway modernisation, it is simply the current over-engineered design they seek to improve.
Learn more at www.savegoringgap.org.uk
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