Thursday 8 Jan 2004

£1M SPEND TO IMPROVE THE HITHER GREEN TO PETTSWOOD LINE

Region & Route:
South East
Southern
Network Rail has invested over £1 million improving the tracks on the Hither Green to Petts Wood line.  As part of Network Rail’s commitment to rebuild the railway, engineers worked around the clock to renew 971 yards of track near Petts Wood station. Further work was carried out to improve 1298 yards of track at the Elmstead Wood Tunnel. Continuously welded rail with concrete sleepers was installed using a total of 6,807 tonnes of ballast, 3,177 sleepers and 4,538 yards of rail.  Passengers can now expect a smoother, quieter and more reliable journey.  If placed end to the end the sleepers would reach nearly to the summit of Mount Everest. All work carried out was subject to an environmental and ecological survey to ensure that protected species were not disturbed during the work.  The work was specifically programmed to tale place at the weekends to ensure that peak commuter travel periods remained unaffected. Network Rail and South Eastern Trains worked together, ensuring passengers and residents were notified well in advance.             Network Rail’s Southern Regional Director, Robin Gisby said: “This work forms part of Network Rail’s commitment to rebuilding Britain’s railway. We appreciate that passengers using the line expect an improved service and this investment is a step to delivering the service they rightly deserve.”

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