Friday 25 May 2018
Residents in South Gloucestershire invited to find out more as electrification upgrade continues
Residents in and around Pilning near Bristol are being invited to a drop in session about railway electrification work in the area as part of the London Paddington to Cardiff upgrade that will bring passengers faster, greener, more frequent and quieter journeys from 2019.
The drop in will take place on Tuesday 29 May, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, at Mafeking Hall, Redwick Road, Pilning, BS35 4LG; where Network Rail staff will answer any questions residents may have.
Network Rail is working on weekends to install the remaining steel masts in the Pilning area ahead of a three-week closure of the railway between Bristol Parkway and Newport. This will allow electrification upgrade work between Patchway Station and the Severn Tunnel to take place from 16 June to 7 July.
During this time Network Rail’s Team Orange will be lowering track and installing electrification equipment through the Patchway railway tunnels; as well as putting the overhead power lines up over the masts and gantries through Pilning and the surrounding area.
Samantha Patterson, electrification sponsor for Network Rail, said: “We would like to thank local residents and also passengers for their patience as we continue to deliver this vital electrification work as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.
“Once complete this will enable GWR to run quieter and greener trains through the area to benefit residents, as well as providing more seats and quicker journeys for passengers.
“I would encourage residents who are interested in finding our more about this work in the Pilning area to attend our drop in session and have a chat with our project team.”
More information visit www.networkrail.co.uk/summer-tunnels
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.