Friday 30 Sep 2016
Chipping Sodbury residents invited to learn more about bridge enhancements as part of railway upgrade
Chipping Sodbury residents have been invited to attend a drop-in event to find out more about proposals for traffic calming measures at Dodington Road bridge, as part of plans to upgrade the railway.
Network Rail needs to raise the sides, or “parapets”, of Dodington Road bridge to provide a barrier between its users and the high-voltage lines required to power the new fleet of bigger, faster, greener electric trains being introduced as part of the company’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
A road safety audit carried out by Network Rail has confirmed the need for traffic calming measures to be provided in connection with the parapet extensions. The company has proposed a scheme to South Gloucestershire Council which their technical officers have considered to be suitable, and the views of the community are now being sought.
The scheme will feature a speed table (a raised area of tarmac) on the road between Liliput Avenue and the bridge, with another speed table located on the southern approach to the bridge. Road markings will also be improved and repainted.
Network Rail project manager Paul Bateman said: “We have worked closely with South Gloucestershire Council to propose these traffic calming measures after carrying out our road safety audit and listening to the views of the community.
“We would now like to hear residents’ views on the proposals. Everyone is welcome at our drop-in event and I’d urge anyone who wants to know more about the scheme, or has a question, to come along.”
Members of the Network Rail project team and officers from South Gloucestershire Council will be on-hand throughout to explain more about the work and to answer any questions at the event, which will take place on Wednesday, 5 October from 4pm to 7pm in the Sports Centre at Chipping Sodbury School, Bowling Road.
The scheme is also available to view at www.networkrail.co.uk/great-western-route-modernisation/south-gloucestershire.
Residents who are unable to attend the drop-in may email their views to email@example.com by 31 October.
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We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
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