I went along with a few of my chums to the offical opening ceremony of Platform 2 at Honeybourne. The reverse side of this platform (Platform 3?) has been set aside for the GWR to run trains into.
It was a happy occasion, being the culmination of much hard work by the Cotswold Line Promotion Group. Here Chairman John Ellis(right) pulls the ribbon on a commemorative bench donated by the CLPG.
Alan Bielby from the GWR congratulated Network Rail, CLPG and Amy, the contractors for a job well done. In particular Alan thanked NR and Amy for assistance in recovering the bricks and coping slabs from the old Platform 2 and their transfer to Broadway.
If I can mention a couple of grumbles!
The footbridge is enormous(by necessity) but a real monstrosity!
It's a puzzle as to why a main line signal post was but right in the middle of GWR tracked bed. When questioned NR said that it could be replaced in the future with a cantilever post. Why didn't that happen in this phase!?!
Nevertheless a great occasion and my thanks go to David Northey of Network Rail who has been so supportive of the GWR, and Broadway in particular.