Monday 9 Feb 2004

£400K SPEND TO IMPROVE THE SITTINGBOURNE LINE

Region & Route:
South East
Southern
Network Rail has invested over £400,000 improving the tracks on the Sittingbourne line.  As part of Network Rail’s commitment to rebuild the railway, engineers worked around the clock to renew 693 yards of track between Sittingbourne station and Newington station. Continuously welded rail with concrete sleepers was installed using a total of 2079 tonnes of ballast, 970 sleepers and 1386 yards of rail.  Passengers can now expect a smoother, quieter and more reliable journey.   If placed end to the end the sleepers would reach over nearly two times the height of Ben Nevis. 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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