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Parkway Station railway upgrade work moves to next phase

Posted on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at 11:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Platforms at Bristol Parkway Station.

Network Rail has revealed further details about work it will soon be carrying out in and around Parkway Station, as part of the project to electrify the Great Western Mainline between London and South Wales.

The next phase of the work will include:

  • Stabilising the embankment next to the Filton line, known as the Filton East Curve
  • Setting up a compound at the Ashfield Land site, off Hunts Ground Road
  • Carrying out repairs and track work at the Hatchet Road bridge

The embankment work is due to start in April 2017 and finish in August 2017. Most of the work will take place during the daytime between 8am and 7pm. However, due to the constraints of the location, some work will need to be carried out at night. Network Rail says it will write again to those living closest to the line with further details before the work begins.

The main compound for the electrification work in the area will be at the Ashfield Land site, off Hunts Ground Road, which will be used to store materials, and provide parking and welfare facilities for staff. Network Rail is currently setting up the compound, which is expected to be in use until February 2018.

The workforce will be taken by bus from Hunts Ground Road to another compound on New Road, from where they will access the railway.

The New Road compound was expected to be in use for occasional deliveries and to allow intermittent access to the railway during March 2017 after which it will be fully operational until 17th November 2017.

The brick arch structure of the Hatchet Road bridge will undergo repairs and reinforcement works as well as track level works. This work is planned from June 2017 to August 2017, and will involve three road closures on Saturday nights, from approximately 10pm to 7am (dates to be confirmed).

More: Track works will include renewing 2.5km of railway line »

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Hitachi to create 150 jobs at new train depot in Stoke Gifford

Posted on Monday 20th March 2017 at 9:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of an Hitachi Intercity Express (ICE) train inside the Stoke Gifford service depot.

Japanese firm Hitachi is creating 150 jobs at its newly built train service depot in Stoke Gifford.

The £80m facility, near Bristol Parkway Station, will maintain the new Intercity Express (ICE) trains which will run on the Great Western route.

Recruitment for the 150 jobs is starting now to ensure the facility is ready ahead of arrival of the new trains, which will connect London to Wales and the South West of England, entering service later this year.

Work carried out at the Stoke Gifford depot will include readying trains for passenger services. Whilst housed at the depot, trains will be serviced to ensure they are in good condition, safe and clean. Day to day tasks will include engine tests, changing wheel sets and running thorough inspections of the trains.

The new trains offer a step change in passenger experience with more seats available and modern technology.

The first wave of the new trains to be introduced on passenger services is being built at Hitachi Rail Europe’s (HRE’s) UK train manufacturing facility at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

The new roles are permanent and require people with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. As part of bringing new skills and talents into the industry, steps are being taken to attract people who have not previously worked in rail. HRE is looking to recruit from a variety of sectors such as aviation, automotive, and the military, as well as those groups often under-represented in rail such as women and young people. HRE will provide extensive training to ensure new employees meet the high standards long associated with the Hitachi brand.

More: Depot will recruit four new apprentices every year »

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Drop-in event to reveal latest plans for railway work around Parkway Station

Posted on Monday 13th March 2017 at 6:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Network Rail workers in action on a station platform.

Local residents have been invited to attend a second drop-in event to find out more about upcoming work in and around Parkway Station, as part of the project to electrify the Great Western Mainline between London and South Wales.

The event takes place on Tuesday 14th March at The Old School Rooms, North Road, Stoke Gifford BS34 8PD, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Network Rail says the next phase of the work will include:

  • Stabilising the railway embankment next to the Filton line, known as the Filton East Curve
  • Setting up a compound at the Ashfield Land site, off Hunts Ground Road
  • Carrying out repairs and track work at Hatchet Road bridge

Poster advertising a drop-in event about railway upgrade work at Bristol Parkway Station.

The embankment work is due to start in April 2017 and finish in August 2017. Most of the work will take place during the daytime between 8am and 7pm. However, due to the constraints of the location, some work will need to be carried out at night.

The main compound for the electrification work in the area will be at the Ashfield Land site, off Hunts Ground Road, which will be used to store materials, and provide parking and welfare facilities for staff. Network Rail is currently setting up the compound, which is expected to be in use until February 2018.

The workforce will be taken by bus from Hunts Ground Road to another compound on New Road, from where they will access the railway.

More: Road closures required for work on Hatchet Road bridge »

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Plans go in for fourth platform at Bristol Parkway

Posted on Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Bristol Parkway Railway Station, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Network Rail has submitted a planning application for proposed works at Bristol Parkway Station that include adding a fourth platform (to be designated ‘platform 1’) and extending the length of the three existing platforms (nos. 2, 3 and 4).

The aim of the project is to enable two new London to Bristol services to operate each hour, in each direction, from December 2018 and improve the overall passenger capacity at the station.

The work is part of the Great Western Capacity Enhancement Programme which aims to provide significant passenger capacity enhancement through the operation of longer trains and additional services, as well as reduced journey times, particularly between Bristol and London Paddington.

  • Network Rail is obliged to deliver infrastructure to enable:
  • Two new London to Bristol Temple Meads via Parkway services each hour, in each direction, from December 2018
  • Improved operational flexibility, over the base May 2016 layout, sufficient to allow empty coaching stock moves to and from the new Hitachi train depot at the Filton Triangle (Stoke Gifford)
  • Parallel moves from Bristol Parkway towards Filton (from the new platform 1) and South Wales (from the existing platform 2)

The new platform will be 300m in length, while the extended lengths of platform 2 to 4 will range from 299m to 333m, allowing them to accommodate the new fleet of Hitachi trains.

The Bristol Parkway platform work is one of a number of major railway projects being implemented in the Bristol area including the electrification of the Great Western Mainline and the renewal of signalling across the Bristol area.

More: Network Rail website will provide updates throughout the works »

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