Network Rail upgrades

29th November 2018, 10:16am | By catherinerussell |

Westbury residents invited to find out more about track renewal work at drop-in session

Residents of Westbury in Wiltshire are invited to a drop-in session on Wednesday 5 December to find out more about upcoming work to renew the track at Westbury North Junction to improve safety and reliability.

Westbury North Junction is an important crossroads for the railway, with tracks radiating out in five different directions. This means that any delays to services on one route can very quickly have a knock-on effect on others. At present, there is a temporary speed restriction in place at the junction owing to the age of the track, which dates from the 1970s. Track replacement work taking place over the Christmas period will mean that reliability will be improved, as the entire junction will be replaced over 12 days of work, from Sunday 23 December to the early hours of Friday 4 January. During this time, engineers will be on site throughout the day and night. Follow up work will take place during Saturday nights in January.

Alongside replacing the track at Westbury North Junction, engineers will also be upgrading the signalling in the area and modifying the platforms at Westbury station to accommodate the new electric trains that have been introduced by GWR. These new trains have more seats than the high-speed trains they have replaced and are longer. As well as extending the platforms to meet the length of the new trains, this modification will make it easier for passengers to step on and off the train, as the stepping distance between the train and the platform edge will be reduced.

The drop-in event will take place between 5pm and 7:30pm in the Abraham Suite at Westbury Town Council, The Laverton, Bratton Road, on Wednesday 5 December. Members of Network Rail’s project team will be available to answer any questions from residents.

Sarah Fraser, project manager for Network Rail said:

“I’d like to thank residents and passengers in advance for their patience as we undertake these essential maintenance and upgrade works.

“With thousands of train journeys made by millions of passengers each year, track needs to be regularly maintained and renewed so that we can continue to run safe, reliable trains for passengers.

“The drop-in session will be a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the works taking place, and we urge anyone who has questions or would like to find out more to come along and speak to the project team”.

The upgrade work taking place at Westbury over the Christmas period is one of over 330 projects that Network Rail are carrying out nationally during the festive season, with a workforce of 25,000 delivering over £148m of vital upgrades across the country as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan – the biggest sustained investment in the railway since Victorian times. The number of people using the railway over Christmas is considerably fewer than at other times of the year, therefore these essential works have been planned to keep disruption to a minimum. We will be working hard to minimise the impact upon residents whilst these vital upgrades are taking place.

Owing to these works, services via Westbury will be diverted or replaced by buses from Sunday 23 December to Thursday 3 January inclusive. Passengers are advised to check nationalrail.co.uk and gwr.com/Christmas before travelling.

Comments and Discussion

Comments are closed.

Make a Post

You must be logged in to add a post.
Wiltshire Council Get Active Holiday sport programme keeps kids active this summer

Wiltshire Council Get A...

With the summer holidays only a few weeks away, Wiltsh...

AndrewJackCEM

Latest local news : Live Well Programme - https://t.co...
Live Well Programme

Live Well Programme

          &nbs...
Important news for all budding community reporters

Important news for all ...

You may have noticed that we have changed the look and...
Youth Club Volunteer

Youth Club Volunteer

Do you feel you could make a difference to the lives o...
Accommodation Support

Accommodation Support

The Early Help Young People's Accommodation Officer wo...
Managing your money

Managing your money

Information and tips to help your whole committee take...
Motiv8

Motiv8

Motiv8 exists to improve the life chances of young peo...
Opening a bank account

Opening a bank account

Running any group costs money and it’s a good idea t...
Volunteer Greeter Opportunity

Volunteer Greeter Oppor...

Do you enjoy chatting to visitors from all over the wo...
Is your community ready for an ADVERSE weather event?

Is your community ready...

Wiltshire Council is continuing to work with local Tow...
Wiltshire Council Get Active Holiday sport programme keeps kids active this summer

Wiltshire Council Get A...

With the summer holidays only a few weeks away, Wiltsh...

AndrewJackCEM

Latest local news : FREE Weight Management Programme R...
Repair cafe

Repair cafe

"The UK generates 26m tonnes of waste every single yea...

AndrewJackCEM

Latest local news : Building Connections in Wiltshire ...
Barnardo’s Play Volunteer

Barnardo’s Play V...

Barnardo’s provides a range of services on behalf of...
First steps for new groups

First steps for new groups

When you are thinking about setting up a new group, it...
A Walk to Remember – Saturday, 22nd June 2019

A Walk to Remember R...

          Fundra...
Mind Reset, in Malmesbury and Chippenham

Mind Reset, in Malmesbu...

“In all the Community Areas in Wiltshire Young Peopl...
Open Access Youth Café, Chippenham

Open Access Youth Café...

The Chippenham Community Area Young People Needs Asses...

AndrewJackCEM

Latest local news : Live Well Programme - https://t.co...
Setting the aims of your group

Setting the aims of you...

It’s a good idea to  work out the aims of your gro...
Join our team!

Join our team!

Award-winning Wiltshire charity Alzheimer's Support is...
FREE Weight Management Programme Returns to Devizes

FREE Weight Management ...

FREE Weight Management Programme Returns to Devizes ...

AndrewJackCEM

Local news : Is your community ready for an ADVERSE we...