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Rail bridge retires to the country

3 Nov 11 A famous wrought iron footbridge at King’s Cross station that featured in the Harry Potter films is retiring to Hampshire as part of the £500m redevelopment of the station.

Until two years ago, the Handyside Bridge ran through the middle of King’s Cross station. Now, Network Rail has donated it to the Mid-Hants Railway, a not-for-profit organisation that operates a fleet of steam locomotives on the Watercress Line in Ropley, Hampshire.

David Snow from Mid Hants Railway said: “We are absolutely delighted to have acquired this historic bridge for re-location to The Watercress Line. We have long wanted a footbridge to provide a viewing location across our tracks and to acquire this one, which has featured in a number of the Harry Potter films, will be an excellent addition to our railway.”

The bridge has now been moved to Eastleigh on the back of nine lorries where it will be shot blasted and painted. It is planned that the first section will be installed before the end of the year.

By spring 2012 King’s Cross will have a new bridge to link the station’s new concourse with the main train shed.

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