Tuesday 27 Jul 2004


Region & Route:
| Southern: Wessex
| Southern
Three weekends of essential engineering work have been carried out on the railway line at Isleworth.  New track, sleepers and ballast will deliver long-term benefits for South West Trains passengers ensuring increased performance and reliability. In total 4,746 yards of continuously welded rail, 3,322 new concrete sleepers and 7,119 tonnes of ballast will be replaced. These quantities could build a railway up Ben Nevis and back down the other side! 35 high-tech engineering trains were used over the three weekends to load, unload, position the rail, level it and compact the track foundations. Each weekend Network Rail engineers worked around-the-clock to renew the tracks. Work took place on Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 July; Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 July and Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 July.  Over the weekends buses replaced trains between Barnes and Hounslow. David Pape, Route Director, Network Rail said: “Network Rail is committed to rebuilding the railway and proactively managing our assets. Our frontline staff are targeting parts of the infrastructure and improving them to ensure that we can deliver a better service for our customers and the passenger. We apologise if any passengers were inconvenienced during the work.”

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