Parkway Station railway upgrade work moves to next phase

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).

Work to be carried out in later phases of the project includes:

  • Installing the overhead line equipment, including masts, booms and wires
  • Building a fourth platform at Parkway (due to be in use by December 2017) and extending the three existing platforms
  • Track works, including renewal of 2.5km of railway line

Ross Liddell, Network Rail’s sponsor for Bristol Parkway station, said:

“The work at Bristol Parkway station is an essential part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and will pave the way for electric trains and the benefits these will bring to residents and passengers. These benefits include new trains with more seats and more legroom, and less noise and air pollution for those who live close to the railway line.”

“The next stage of our work along the Filton East Curve embankment needs to be carried out before we can move on to building the new platform and related track. We would like to thank the local community for bearing with us while we carry out these improvements to Brunel’s railway.”

To find out more, call Network Rail’s dedicated 24-hour national helpline on 03457 114141, quoting reference ‘Great Western Route Modernisation’.

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This article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 29). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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