Friday 21 Jul 2017
Viaduct work to enable doubling number of train lines starts next week in Bristol
To meet the expected growth in passenger numbers in the Bristol area, Network Rail is replacing the Victorian-era Stapleton Road railway viaduct with demolition set to begin next week. This work will enable Network Rail to double the number of rail lines – from two to four –as part of the Filton Bank Four-tracking project, increasing train services in the region.
Passengers and residents in the Easton area of Bristol are being reminded that Network Rail will begin to demolish the Stapleton Road railway viaduct on Monday 24 July.
The viaduct will be demolished in three large sections over six weeks, from 24 July until 1 September.
Work will take place during daytime hours, except for the last weekend of July when work will take place around the clock to remove the section over the road.
In order to remove this section safely, Stapleton Road will be closed to traffic from 9pm Friday 28 July until 6am Monday 31 July with signposted diversion routes in place.
The footpath and access ramp from Stapleton Road to platform 2 of Stapleton Road station will also be closed on this weekend. Platform 2 will only be accessible via the entrance on St Mark's Road (next to the Sugar Loaf pub) or via the footbridge from platform 1.
Kate Trevorrow from Network Rail said: “I’d like to thank residents in the Stapleton Road area for their patience as we undertake this work as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.
“This work is unavoidably noisy, but residents should be assured that our engineers will do all they can to keep this noise to a minimum.
“Residents that may be affected by this have been notified of this work and we’ve also held public information events in the area which have been widely publicised.
“The replacement of the Stapleton Road viaduct is a crucial part of our project to double the number of lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood station. It will play its part in enabling more frequent and reliable services to operate in the area, delivering a better railway for Bristol and beyond.”
Network Rail’s 24 hour national helpline is available on 03457 11 41 41 for residents with any questions or concerns about this work.
Notes to Editors:
- The replacement of the Victorian-era viaduct will enable an increase in train services to meet expected growth in passenger numbers and reduce disruption to rail services caused by maintenance. This is part of the Filton Bank four-tracking project, which is an expansion of the track between Dr Days Junction and Filton Abbey Wood station, increasing the number of lines from two to four.
- Stapleton Road will be closed to traffic from 9pm Friday 28 July until 6am Monday 31 July with signposted diversion routes in place. This includes the footpath and ramp leading from Stapleton Road to platform 2 of Stapleton Road station.
- From 9pm on Friday 28 July until 6am on Monday 31 July, platform 2 at Stapleton Road station will only be accessible via the entrance on St Mark's Road (next to the Sugar Loaf pub) or via the footbridge from platform 1.
- Passengers approaching from Stapleton Road will need to allow a little extra time, and those who have difficulty with walking are asked to contact GWR's Assisted Travel Team ahead of their journey, on 0800 197 1329.
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.