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Deck of new accessible footbridge installed

Posted on Friday 10th May 2019 at 10:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the deck of the new footbridge being lifted into position by a crane

The deck of a new accessible footbridge at Patchway Station was hoisted into position by a giant crane over the Easter weekend, during a four-day closure of the railway.

The previous footbridge needed to be replaced because it had insufficient clearance from the new overhead wires which are being installed as part of the multi-billion pound Great Western Mainline (GWML) electrification programme.

The new footbridge will be fully accessible for wheelchair users as it will incorporate lifts at each end, the shafts for which can be seen in the photo (above).

A temporary footbridge was installed at the station last year, allowing it to continue to function while the old bridge was being dismantled and the new one installed.

The design of the new bridge has resulted in the loss of one of three existing disabled parking spaces at the station. Officers at South Gloucestershire Council deemed this to be acceptable as it is “more than offset by the improvements to overall accessibility through the provision of lifts”.

Network Rail has said the new footbridge will be open for passengers “by the summer”.

Other work carried out during the Easter closure included the installation of more overhead wires between Patchway and the Severn Tunnel, along with drainage and wiring work inside the two Patchway tunnels.

Further weekend engineering works are planned on the line between June and October.

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Photo: The deck of the new bridge is lifted into position by a crane. [Credit: Network Rail]

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 27). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Three-day closure of Hatchet Road over Christmas period

Posted on Saturday 22nd December 2018 at 7:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Railway bridge between Hatchet Road and Brierly Furlong

Network Rail is warning motorists and bus passengers of a three-day closure of Hatchet Road, in the vicinity of Parkway Station, over the Christmas period. The closure is necessary because a crane needs to be positioned in the carriageway in order to install a large, new signalling structure across the tracks.

The closure will affect local traffic which normally passes under the Parkway railway bridge across all three days, and rail passengers needing to access the station on 24th December (no trains run on 25th or 26th December).

The section of road to be closed stretches from the mini-roundabout at the North Road junction, under the bridge, to the mini-roundabout at the Church Road junction.

The closure means that motor vehicles will not be able to access Parkway Station from Hatchet Road between 6.00am on 24th December until 4.30am on 27th December and will instead need to access the station from the east via Hunts Ground Road.

Walking routes will remain in place for pedestrians. Cyclists may use the walking route, but should dismount.

Public buses will not use the station bus stops during this time. Therefore, station users will need to use the bus stops marked ‘Ratcliffe Drive’ on Hatchet Road (these are the ones north of the roundabout at the junction of Ratcliffe Drive and Sandringham Road). Anyone of limited mobility who requires assistance to travel between the bus stop and the station should look out for the taxi service that will shuttle between the two locations (on 24th December only).

There will be a phone number displayed at the ‘Ratcliffe Drive’  bus stop on Hatchet Road for people with limited mobility to call should they need assistance.

More: Details of bus service diversions during road closure »

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Three-week railway closure set to cause disruption for residents and passengers

Posted on Wednesday 12th September 2018 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a 110-tonne Kirow crane laying track near Bristol Parkway.

Residents living near the railway lines that run through the Stokes are being warned to expect an intensification in potentially noisy and disruptive maintenance activity as the project to electrify the Great Western mainline enters a critical phase this autumn.

The railway through Bristol Parkway will be closed between 15th September and 6th October inclusive, and again on the weekend of 13th/14th October. No trains will run via Bristol Parkway during these periods.

A Network Rail spokesperson said:

“This phase of the upgrade includes the installation of the overhead line equipment (OLE) used to hold the wires for electrification, and we will be putting up masts and wires over these three weeks in the Bristol Parkway area, from Winterbourne viaduct, through Bristol Parkway Station, up to Little Stoke, and then along the Filton East Curve.”

During these three weeks, trains will still be running, but they will be using diversionary routes. Rail replacement bus and coach services will be in place for some journeys.

Great Western Railway services between London Paddington and South Wales and Cross Country services between Bristol Temple Meads and Cheltenham will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway.

Replacement bus services will link Bristol Parkway, Patchway, Yate and Filton Abbey Wood.

The three-week closure follows similar upgrade work last year, which included building a fourth platform at Bristol Parkway, extending the existing three platforms, and upgrading the track layout in the Parkway area to improve reliability and increase capacity. These upgrades will enable passengers to experience the benefits of Great Western Railway’s new fleet of electric trains, including more frequent services and reduced journey times.

More: Information for rail passengers and local residents »

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Drop-in event to explain latest phase of railway upgrade work

Posted on Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 9:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of railway electrification work.

Network Rail is holding a drop-in information event in Stoke Gifford on Thursday 16th August to answer any questions residents may have about the electrification of the line between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway.

The event will take place between 4.30pm and 7.30pm at the St Michael’s Centre, North Road BS34 8PD.

Network Rail representatives will be on hand to explain the plans and answer any questions.

The railway through Bristol Parkway will be closed between Saturday 15th September and Saturday 6th October inclusive, and again on the weekend of 13th/14th October.

A Network Rail spokesperson said:

“The upgrade includes the installation of the overhead line equipment (OLE) used to hold the wires for electrification, and we will be putting up masts and wires over those three weeks in the Bristol Parkway area, from Winterbourne viaduct, through Bristol Parkway Station, up to Little Stoke, and then along the Filton East Curve.”

During these three weeks, trains will still be running, but they will be using diversionary routes. Rail replacement bus and coach services will be in place for some journeys.

More: Teams will be working overnight during the railway closure »

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