Bath Spa station named as Transport Heritage Site
Wednesday 20 February
First Great Western’s Bath Spa station has been nominated as a Transport Heritage Site by the Transport Trust.
President of the Transport Trust, Sir William McAlpine, unveiled the red wheel plaque at a ceremony on Monday 18 February. The award recognises the site as a place of significance and a point of focus of Brunel’s Great Western railway through Bath.
Speaking after the event First Great Western Station Manager Peter Rignall said:
“The Great Western network showcases a pioneering phase of railway construction in this country’s history.
“Recent improvement work has seen the forecourt of the station renovated in keeping with its famous history. We are proud to see Bath Spa station recognised in this way.”
Welcoming Sir McAlpine to Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Leader Paul Crossley said:
“Bath and North East Somerset Council has been working in partnership with the Transport Trust to recognise the unique heritage that our station has to offer.
“The Red Wheel is a symbol of that recognition, and we will continue to work with the Trust and First Great Western to promote Bath Spa as the gateway to this wonderful city.”
Bath Heritage Watchdog’s Jim Warren said:
“Bath Heritage Watchdog is pleased to work with the Transport Trust in instigating the award of a Red Wheel Plaque in honour of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
“We hope the plaque will focus attention on Brunel and the Great Western Railway within the city, and help focus on Bath’s rich and vast industrial heritage.”