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Historic Railway Buildings and Structures: overview of development pressure and review of significance

The background to the report was a period of increased spending on railway infrastructure and thus greater pressure for change to historic railway buildings and structures. The report looks at the historic development of the railways and details the potential impact of forthcoming infrastructure schemes. In the second volume the commissioned consultants give their view of the potential significance of 22 main types of historic railway buildings and structures. The report is supported by maps and a gazetteer.

Historic England is committed to delivering constructive, impartial advice. This report was produced by RPS Group Ltd, a firm of consultants commissioned by Historic England. The views expressed may not all be shared by Historic England.


Volume 1: Overview of Significance and Investment Trends

  • Introduction
  • The significance of railways
  • History and significance of British railways by period
  • Current and future trends in investment
  • Appendix 1: A review of documents describing plans for development of the railway in England
  • Appendix 2: Access improvements under Access for All.

Volume 2: Statements of Significance

  1. Stations and associated buildings and structures
  2. Train Sheds
  3. Railway Housing
  4. Tunnels
  5. Viaducts
  6. Overbridges and underbridges
  7. Timber bridges and viaducts
  8. Masonry bridges
  9. Viaducts over railways
  10. Cast iron arch bridges
  11. Cast iron level beam bridges
  12. Wrought iron tubular box girder bridges
  13. Wrought iron plate girder bridges
  14. Wrought iron open truss girder bridges
  15. Steel bridges
  16. Concrete bridges
  17. Movable element bridges
  18. Navvy settlements and quarries
  19. Footbridges
  20. Engine sheds and associated features.
  21. Water towers and water cranes
  22. Other railway structures


Volume 3: Maps and Gazetteer

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Draft
  • Pages: Vol 1: 123pp; Vol 2: 116pp Vol 3: 173pp

If you require an alternative accessible version of this document please contact: RPS London Office, Planning & Development, 140 London Wall, London EC2Y 5DN

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