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GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

Leamington Spa Station: gwrls223a

Close up showing the original passenger subway which accessed the up platform and the LNWR station

This close up of image 'gwrls23' shows the original passenger subway which accessed Leamington station's up platform and which was later extended to the the LNWR station. The new retaining wall to the left of the subway entrance was built without the massive temporary works normally associated with building retaining walls. This was because the original 1853 structure had massive timber piles driven down under each of the train shed's columns. Being at approximately six foot centres they were perfect for retaining the earth during the excavation to form the retaining wall to the rear of the new building. A speed restriction would have been in place to minimise possible earth movements during this period.