Monday 10 Sep 2018
Sidings enhancements at Hove to support Thameslink network
- South East
Work has been carried out at Hove sidings to support Govia Thameslink Railway’s modernisation of the Thameslink network.
The work carried out during a 52-hour possession over the weekend of 1st September is part of sidings and depot enhancements taking place across the Thameslink network.
Work at Hove included replacement and realignment of track, renewal of wooden sleepers with concrete ones, the refurbishment of the conductor rail, upgrading power cabling, the renewal of the buffer stop, and the installation of train drivers' safe walking routes.
Paul Ashman, Network Rail Thameslink Programme project sponsor, said: “The works at Hove enable us to provide better operational flexibility and offer short term stabling for the new Class 700 trains, whilst longer-term storage options are being developed.
“Future enhancement works are being scheduled at Hove sidings that will extend the life of the assets and further increase the length of the sidings, enabling improved access capability for even longer trains and reduce train service planning disruption.”
GTR Infrastructure Director Keith Jipps, said: “This work is an essential part of the stabling strategy that supports the future increase of cross-London Thameslink trains as we modernise and improve services for passengers.”
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