After a busy day taking pictures of the Sussex Power Supply Upgrade for a client client I’m heading back to Yorkshire. It’s been a fascinating day for a number of reasons. I’ve learned more about the investment that’s being made in our railways and had the chance to explore towns I’ve never visited before.
The Sussex PSU is a multi-million pound project to strengthen power to the 3rd rail on sections of the Sussex coast line in order to allow more (and longer) trains to run. Feeder stations are located in several sites and I visited Goring-on-Sea, Adur (near Shoreham-by-Sea) and Heatherwick. Although the equipment installed at each site is similar, each site presented its own challenges and solutions, whether that was building a haul road through a school, across a flood plain, or building sheet piling to form a raised level site alongside an embankment. Of course, each site had unique environmental considerations too and every efforts been made to mitigate the impact of this vital work.
Whilst the weather was ideal for pictures, it wasn’t as kind when you’re wearing full PPE and carrying a sodding great camera bag. It was a little ‘toasty’ at times, making me wish I’d left my jeans at home and worn shorts under my PPE instead.
The day ended in Shoreham-by Sea, which was a real find after the disappointment of Worthing. It’s a pretty little place. Well, if you ignore the harbour area with its scrapyard and stay in the old town anyway. The old town is lovely, it’s full of quirky old buildings, pubs, alfresco dining cafe’s and shops. I’d certainly come back again and use it as a base to explore the area.