Wednesday 3 Mar 2004


Region & Route:
| Southern
Time on the track when trains are not running is precious and Network Rail is taking advantage of this Sunday’s closure by carrying out as many different work items as possible on and around the railway between Ely and Cambridge. Engineers will be in a number of locations.  At Dimmocks Cote Level Crossing near Stretham, we are closing the level crossing to road users while engineers lift the track and work on the foundations.  This preparation work will enable us to install a new crossing surface the following weekend. A lot of heavy vehicles pass over this crossing and we want to make sure that the railway is not damaged as a result.  Signalling engineers will be working on the system that controls the signals in the area.  The existing wiring is around 20 years old.  It is not life-expired yet, but we are proactively rewiring a relay room in Chesterton to improve the wiring before problems do occur.             Vegetation management is another job that we can undertake during this closure.  We regularly inspect our overhead lines and take note of any branches that are growing close to the wires.  This Sunday we will undertake work on a section of the line near Waterbeach to protect this vital equipment.             The track between West River bridge and Ely will be tamped.  This is an engineering process carried out by a large on track machine, which lifts the track and improves the foundations and ballast underneath it.  - more - Track – 2 The track is then put back down and aligned by a special on-board computer, which ensures the top of the rail is level.  Tamping improves the ride quality for passengers and extends the life of the track.              Jon Wiseman, Network Rail General Manager said:  “Network Rail is committed to rebuilding the railway and proactively managing our assets. Our front line staff are targeting parts of the infrastructure and improving them to ensure that we can deliver a better service for our customers and the passenger.”             On Sunday 7 March, buses will replace trains between Cambridge and Ely.  For travel information, contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or

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