We work 24/7 to keep the rail network running, with scheduled maintenance work and planned upgrades helping to meet growing demand from passengers.

This page provides information about work taking place on the railway in Somerset.

Cogload Junction renewal

In the autumn of 2019 we successfully replaced Cogload Junction near Taunton.

This was a huge undertaking as, due to the high speed of trains passing through the junction, it spans around 1km and incorporates some of the largest individual components in use on the whole of the route.

The work was completed between Saturday 9 and Thursday 14 November. At its peak we had up to 150 people out on the track at any one time, cutting out the old junction and installing the new sections with rail-mounted cranes and other equipment.

Despite some difficult weather conditions the work was completed on time.

Follow up work will need to take place overnight on many Saturdays and some Sundays until 9 February 2020.

Some of these will involve tamping, which is where we compact the ballast to improve the stability and performance of the new track – a particularly noisy process and we apologise in advance for any disturbance to residents.

Berrow Road Bridge

We have now largely completed the refurbishment of Berrow Road Bridge which carries the B3140 (Station Road/Ham Road) over the railway between Berrow and East Brent.

It involved working day and night to grit blast, repair and repaint.

All traffic management has been removed from the road and all that remains is a little paint work to do at track level when we have warmer, dryer weather.