Tuesday 2 Aug 2016
PICTURES: Good news for passengers as Network Rail completes two weeks of upgrade works in London
Services on the Shepperton line re-opened in the early hours of 31 July after Network Rail completed two weeks of intense improvement work as part of its £6.5m upgrade to the drainage system at Fulwell in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
The project, part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, is due for completion in the autumn and will significantly improve the resilience of the Shepperton line, particularly against flooding, providing passengers with better, more reliable services during periods of heavy rainfall.
Hector Kidds, senior asset engineer at Network Rail said, “Over the years a number of solutions have been attempted, but this time we’ve taken a different approach. We’ve installed a new pumping station which will significantly reduce the impact of flooding on the line for passengers.
“During the past two weeks we have had to completely dig up the track in order to install the new drainage system at Fulwell, and we’ve cleared nearly three kilometres of existing drainage along the route to improve the efficiency of the system.
“There is still some work to do later this summer before the drainage system will be fully operational, but we’re delighted this extensive work has been completed on time. We’d like to thank passengers for their patience during the disruption.”
Dr Tania Mathias, MP for Twickenham, visited the site during the upgrade to see the work taking place. Following the completion of the improvement works, Dr Mathias said, “I am glad that the engineering work was done on time as a solution for Fulwell's flooding was long overdue. I was pleased to be able to visit the site during the work and I was impressed by the team's enthusiasm. This work should make a big difference for commuters although I understand that the track's proximity to the water table level means a flood risk cannot be completely eliminated.”
Arthur Pretorius, Customer Service Director for South West Trains said, "We're pleased that the work at Fulwell has been completed on time, these enhancements will have a big impact on the many communities that use the Shepperton line and have previously been disrupted during periods of poor weather. We are very grateful to our passengers for their patience over the last fortnight."
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.