Falling Sands Viaduct
Extensive repairs are needed to secure the Railway's Falling Sands Viaduct. The SVR Charitable Trust is seeking funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a large part of the £1.26 million cost, and has plans to raise additional funds from many other sources.
Once the restoration gets underway, this will become a flagship project for heritage infrastructure skills training, education, leisure, and community engagement.
The dramatically-located Falling Sands Viaduct was built in Kidderminster and completed in 1877. It's a landmark structure, with seven arches, spanning 132 yards and towering 64 feet above the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Conservation Area in Kidderminster.
For the SVR's train services, Falling Sands is a vital link between Kidderminster, the starting point for over 80% of our 250,000 annual visitors, and all the other countryside stations. Its closure would seriously compromise the Railway's operation and viability.
The essential repairs, which have only recently been identified,would be undertaken in two phases. It represents a significant amount of work and expense, and adds the the SVR's existing substantial commitment to maintenance and development across the Railway.
One of the exciting aspects of going ahead with restoring Falling Sands is that the project would engage a wider and younger audience for the Railway, and would encourage a deeper appreciation of local heritage and the fascinating world of engineering.
If we are successful in securing HLF support, we would be able to complete this urgent project by 2020.
Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd
Number One, Comberton Place, Kidderminster, DY10 1QR Registered Charity Number: 1092723