Friday 18 Nov 2016
Passengers and residents in Cheltenham to benefit from level crossing upgrade
Passengers and residents in Cheltenham will soon benefit from a safer, more reliable level crossing on Alstone Lane as Network Rail prepares to carry out a full renewal of the crossing’s equipment.
The equipment that makes up the crossing has come to the end of its natural life and will be replaced in its entirety to improve reliability and increase the safety of passengers and the public as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better and more reliable railway.
The work is extensive and will involve renewing the barrier, the machine that operates the barrier and the warning lights, more commonly known as ‘wig wags’. The orange army will also be renewing the devices that emit the warning sounds, creating suitable housing for the machine that operates the barrier, and installing new cabling, signage and road markings.
Due to the nature of this work, a temporary road closure is required for nine days from 11pm on Saturday, 26 November to 9am on Sunday, 4 December 2016. During this time, a diversionary route, agreed in conjunction with Gloucestershire County Council, will be in place.
While the level crossing will be closed to road traffic, the appointed contractor will have level crossing pedestrian attendants stationed either side of the crossing; the attendants will escort pedestrians over the crossing after speaking to the signaller to ensure that it is safe to do so.
Bogdan Lupa, Network Rail’s project manager for the scheme said: “I’d like to thank residents in advance for their patience and understanding while we carry out this essential upgrade as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. Once complete, the work will improve the reliability of the crossing for those who use it every day.”
Notes to editors
Details of the temporary road closures are as follows:
11pm on Saturday, 26 November to 9am on Sunday, 4 December 2016
Diversion: Alstone Lane – Brooklyn Road – Arle Road – Gloucester Road – Alstone Lane
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