Friday 25 Nov 2016
Railway upgrade work set to take place in Avonmouth
Works to upgrade the railway through Avonmouth are set to take place over four weekends in December and January as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers.
Essential renewal works to the track and the surface of the Gloucester Road level crossing will take place to enable this section of track to operate at a higher speed, improve safety and reduce elements of noise which have been affecting residents living close the railway.
These works will predominantly take place through Avonmouth station and through the level crossing on Gloucester Road, which will be closed as these works take place.
Works will take place:
- From 6.30pm Saturday, 3 December- 5.30am Monday, 5 December
- From 6.30pm Saturday, 10 December to 5.30am Monday, 12 December
- From 10.30pm Saturday, 17 December to 9.30am Sunday, 18 December
- From 10.30pm Saturday, 28 January to 9.30am Sunday, 29 January
Sam Derry, Network Rail’s scheme sponsor for the project, said: “We recognise that construction work on the railway can be disruptive to those living or working nearby. The nature of our work often means some disturbance is unavoidable, but I would like to assure residents that every effort will be made to minimise any unnecessary noise and we have reminded all staff to be considerate to our neighbours.”
To minimise disruption to residents in the area, Network Rail have worked closely with The Bristol Port Company to provide a diversion through to West Town Road, which will accommodate pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists.
A shuttle bus service will also be in operation collecting passengers from the one-way system connecting Clayton Street, Queen Street and Meadow Street and those at the temporary bus stop situated on Gloucester Road. This will be a non-stop service directly to the opposite side of the crossing on Gloucester Road.
Residents who have questions or concerns about the work taking place can call Network Rail 24/7 on: 03457 11 41 41, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.networkrail.co.uk/contactus.
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.