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Major work continues at Bristol Parkway

Posted on Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 6:59 pm by Laura Mortimore

Work on installing a new fourth platform at Bristol Parkway Station.

Network Rail has been continuing its Railway Upgrade Plan by carrying out some major work at Bristol Parkway Station, causing the station to be completely closed during the first three weekends of November.

As part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail is electrifying the railway between London Paddington and Cardiff with the aim being to provide passengers with quieter, more frequent and more reliable services. After the closure of the station for two weeks in September, the first two ten-carriage IETs (Intercity Express trains) entered service on 16th October, travelling through both Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads stations. They have since travelled over 30,000 miles along the Great Western Railway network, providing 20,000 more seats into London Paddington than the trains they replaced.

During the first three weekends of November, Network Rail continued the work that they started in September. The work they were undertaking involved:

  • Continuing work on the construction of a fourth platform
  • Extending the existing three platforms to accommodate the new IETs
  • Continuing work to improve the track layout to allow more trains to use the station
  • Carrying out further piling (installing foundations along the route to support the overhead electrification equipment)

Part of the electrification works also involved closing the M4 near junction 19 overnight for what was anticipated to be the first two weekends in November. This was to allow Network Rail to install the overhead line equipment needed to run electric train services. Dean Shaw, media relations manager at Network Rail, said: “The work that took place over the M4 at the ‘Blue Bridge’ was a huge success. The work was completed much quicker than we anticipated, which meant that the motorway was only closed for the first weekend.”

More: Weekend piling work to continue through to February 2018 »

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Four-week line closure brings benefits of electrification closer

Posted on Thursday 5th October 2017 at 9:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of new signalling gantry being installed at Bristol Parkway.

Upgrade work on the Great Western main railway line, which necessitated the closure of a section of the route for four weeks and the closure of Bristol Parkway Station for the final two weeks of that period, was successfully completed by Network Rail in mid-September, marking another major milestone in the delivery of the Great Western modernisation programme.

The line re-opened as planned on the morning of Saturday 16th September following an extensive programme of work, which took place over a 28-mile stretch of railway between Swindon and Bristol Parkway, bringing GWR’s new fleet of Intercity Express Trains another step closer for passengers.

These brand new trains will deliver more than a fifth more seats per train and more frequent services for passengers when they are introduced this autumn.

Almost 5,000 members of Network Rail’s orange army put in more than 175,000 working hours throughout the four weeks of work, which involved the use of 14,000 tonnes of ballast, approximately 2,600 concrete sleepers, 106km of wires and more than 500 foundations for electrification.

Work to improve reliability and increase capacity has taken place at Bristol Parkway Station, including track renewals and signalling upgrades. Further vital upgrades to accommodate the new trains took place as the extension of three platforms and the construction of a fourth platform at the station got underway, due for completion at the end of this year.

Also, as part of this programme of work, electrification of the Chipping Sodbury Tunnel was completed with more than 8km of conductor rail and approximately 1,100 anchors drilled into the Victorian tunnel to support the electrification infrastructure.

This series of work has also enabled the first phase of the resilience scheme at a flood-prone area in Chipping Sodbury to be completed as part of the Department for Transport’s Flood Resilience Programme.

More: Service alterations during October 2017 as upgrade continues »

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Four-week railway closure from mid-August

Posted on Monday 10th July 2017 at 7:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of railway electrification work.

Residents and railway users living in north Bristol are invited to find out more about the next stage in a crucial upgrade of the Great Western mainline.

Poster advertising the Network Rail drop-in session.

Network Rail is hosting a drop-in session in Stoke Gifford on Tuesday 11th July ahead of a four-week programme of work which will take place from Royal Wootton Bassett through to Bristol Parkway between Saturday 19th August and Friday 15th September.

The upgrade will also make way for the arrival of a fleet of new, longer Intercity Express Trains later this year, bringing more seats per train and adding greater comfort for passengers. These trains will run on electric from December 2018, once the electrification project is complete.

As part of the work, sections of the mainline will be closed to passengers during this period, with Bristol Parkway also closed between 2nd and 15th September. This will allow work to begin on a new platform at Bristol Parkway as well as the extension of existing platforms at the station.

Elsewhere, flood resilience measures will be installed at Chipping Sodbury and overhead line equipment installed on 25 miles of the route in readiness for electrification.

Over the four weeks, trains will still be running using diversionary routes. Rail replacement bus and coach services will be in place for some journeys.

Many high-speed services will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway and replacement buses will run between the two stations.

Rail travellers are advised to plan ahead by visiting gwr.com/bristolparkway2017 or crosscountrytrains.co.uk

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Hatchet Road bridge work requires overnight road closure on four weekends

Posted on Saturday 17th June 2017 at 8:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Hatchet Road railway bridge, near Parkway Station, Stoke Gifford.

Network Rail is advising road users who travel in the vicinity of Bristol Parkway Station to plan ahead as the Hatchet Road bridge is shut overnight for four consecutive Saturdays from this weekend (17th June) to allow crucial upgrade work to take place.

The bridge needs to be closed to allow Network Rail’s ‘orange army’ to prepare the track for the arrival of new Intercity Express Trains (IET) which arrive later this year.

The new IET trains will provide more seats per train, greater comfort, be more reliable as well as having improved wifi and at-seat power sockets.

Ahead of the new trains entering service, Network Rail needs to install the foundations for overhead line equipment used for electrification, repair the bridge arch and lay sections of new track.

To allow the upgrade to take place, the road which runs under the bridge will be closed on Saturday nights from 11pm to 7am on 17th and 24th June and 1st and 8th July.

Mark Morrison, project manager for Network Rail said:

“This crucial upgrade forms part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and is essential in delivering passenger benefits as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the work to road users and also to residents nearby as it may be noisy.”

A signed diversion route will be in place throughout the road closures and pedestrians will still be able to walk underneath the bridge.

More: Bus service route diversions during the road closures »

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