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  • Bath and North East Somerset (Bathnes)

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    Network Rail’s 'orange army' lowered approximately 1 mile of track at Dundas Aqueduct to allow the line to be used as a diversionary route for freight trains in the future. This stunning time-lapse video shows the scale of the project and the level of work involved, while the work place in August 2015.

  • Last updated 14 October 2016. This page will be updated regularly.

    What we’re doing

    To enable the route to be electrified, we’re installing supporting masts and overhead lines, and preparing the foundations for these (‘piling’). We’ll also be modifying some of the bridges and other structures on the route to create the extra height needed for the overhead lines.

    Work dates and locations

    Piling work

    We're undertaking piling work between Keynsham and Brislington.  This will begin with a shift on Saturday 9th July and is expected to be ongoing every Saturday night for a further 9 weeks.  Weekend night shifts will be undertaken from 23:30hrs on Saturdays to 07:30hrs on Sundays.

    Further piling activities will then continue throughout the rest of the year. 

    Please rest assured that this work will only take place intermittently throughout 2016 and our website which is updated every week provides specific information, along with a detailed look ahead for the coming weeks. 

    Please note that this could change at short notice for operational reasons

    Residents Letter

    Keynsham Station to St Annes Park

    Saturday 15th October - Sunday 16th October 2016
    11.00pm - 07.00am
    Local Authority: Bath and North East Somerset Council

    Somerset and Dorset Intersect Bridge Replacement 

    There has been a delay to the completion of the work on the Somerset and Dorset Bridge near Linear Park, Bath.  The bridge was due to re-open in September, but due to a number of issues beyond Network Rail’s control this has now been delayed until December 2016. 

    Issues have included:

    -Not being able to utilise a large enough crane to lift the sections envisaged by the designers

    -Discovery of unforeseen concrete obstructions not accounted for in the original design

    -Numerous technical details in the joining of the historic spans with a new central arch

    -The masonry work is complex as are the coping stones at the joint with new and old sections.

    All of the above have meant added time to the programme, hence the small delay 

    NOTE - During the delay the cycle path will remain closed for safety reasons.

    If you would like more information, please come along to our next drop-in session at the Guildhall, Bath on Tuesday 6th September, 1630 – 1900, where members of the project team will be on hand to answer your questions.

    Keynsham Station

    Following the major engineering work at Keynsham Station during our TPOD (Temporary Period of Disruption) between April 2 and April 11 which involved lowering the track, remodelling the existing platforms and preparing the station for some other essential improvement work. We are now undertaking essential follow-up work to the station and we plan to complete the majority of our activities by September 2016.

    Keynsham residents letter

    St James Viaduct and Bath Spa Station

    We will be carrying out vegetation clearance and fencing off the area underneath the arches just off Rossiter Road, to be used as a material storage compound.

    In preparation for Bath Spa station to accommodate overhead electrification lines, we need to carry out structural investigations to assess the integrity of the brickwork at St James Viaduct.  We also need to undertake topographical surveys and ground investigation work throughout Bath Spa station.  See attached letter for more info.

    Public drop in sessions

    A number of bridges and structures along this route will be affected by the Great Western electrification programme.

    No road closures are scheduled yet.

    Please come and see our plans at the next session.

    Structure Drop-in session Closure date(s) Diversion Additional information
    All 11 October  2016 16:30 - 19:00     Brunswick Room,Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW
    All 1 November 2016 16:30 - 19:00     Brunswick Room,Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW




    6 December 2016 16:30 - 19:00

    7 February 2017 16.30 - 19:00

    2 March 2017 16.30 - 19.00

    3 April 2017 16.30 - 19.00


        Brunswick Room,Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW

    Brunswick Room , Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW

    Brunswick Room, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW

    Brunswick Room, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW
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