Friday 3 Oct 2003


Region & Route:
| Southern: Wessex
| Southern
Network Rail has invested £300,000 improving the tracks on the Alton line.  As part of Network Rail’s commitment to rebuilding the railway engineers worked around the clock to renew 697 yards of track between Bentley and Alton stations. Continuously welded rail with concrete sleepers replaced jointed rail on wooden sleepers, using a total of 2,091 tonnes of ballast, 976 sleepers and 1,394 yards of rail.  Passengers can now expect a smoother, quieter and more reliable journey. 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 take place at the weekend of 27 September to ensure that peak commuter travel periods remained unaffected. Network Rail and South West 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 Alton line expect an improved service and this investment is a step to delivering the service they rightly deserve.”

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