We will be working throughout 2020 to renew and repair the railway tracks across the Western route.

We are going to replace the old, worn railway track by lifting it up, removing it, laying a new stone base and relaying new track. We are aware that we are working close to your home and we work hard to minimise the disruption. The work will involve heavy track machinery, so we apologise in advance for any disturbance we create.

Our working trains near your home FAQs

We are completing this work to bring passengers more reliable, faster better rail services.

Safety is our number one priority, so we need to carry out a lot of our work during the night when the railway is closed to trains.

Please be aware the below times may change.

Dates and locations of work

Work is taking place at Appleford between December 2020 and February 2021

We will be working between the hours of 21:00 and 09:00 during the below months. Please be aware these dates may change.

January

  • Saturday 23 January – Tuesday 26 January
  • Saturday 30 January – Monday 1 February

February

  • Saturday 6 February – Tuesday 9 February
  • Saturday 13 February – Tuesday 16 February

Work is taking place in Gatehampton between April 2020 until March 2021

We will be working between the hours of 21:00 and 09:00 during the below months. Please be aware these dates may change.

February

  • Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February 2021

March

  • Monday 15 March to Friday 19 March 2021
  • Monday 22 March to Friday 26 March 2021

Work is taking place between Wolvercote and Kidlington during December 2020 to February 2021

We will be working between the hours of 21:00 and 10:00 during the below months. Please be aware these dates may change.

January

  • Saturday 9 January – Monday 11 January
  • Saturday 16 January – Monday 18 January
  • Saturday 23 January – Monday 25 January
  • Saturday 30 January – Monday 1 February

February

  • Saturday 6 February – Monday 8 February
  • Saturday 13 February – Monday 15 February
  • Sunday 21 February – Tuesday 23 February
  • Sunday 28 February – Tuesday 2 March

March

  • Sunday 14 March – Tuesday 16 March
  • Saturday 20 March – Tuesday 23 March
  • Saturday 27 March – Tuesday 30 March

Our Track Renewals team at work

Watch the video below that shows our factory on wheels, called the Track Renewal System (TRS).

Our working trains near your home

Throughout our track work, we have several trains that carry out different maintenance tasks to maintain the safe running of the railway. These trains are crucial to ensure the safety of passengers and train services along the route. The information below has been designed to help residents know more about the trains operating in their area and provide information on when they will be there.

Frequently asked questions

A grinding train maintains the track and helps to increase the lifespan of the rail. These trains remove small layers of metal from the railhead, helping us to keep the track in good condition.

Stoneblowers restore the line and level of the track. To do this, first we measure the track to work out where we need to lift it and make sure it’s level, and how much it needs to be moved side to side to ensure correct alignment.

Tampers and stoneblowers are track maintenance machines that make sure the track is correctly aligned and has a smooth level along the rail. They help to prevent the risk of trains derailing, and ensure smooth, comfortable journeys for passengers and freight trains.

These machines generally work at night when no passenger trains are running.

These sidings are a designated stabling point for this type of train. We have very few of these around our route, so we move them around the country regularly to both carry out work we need to do whilst minimising the impact on people who live nearby.

The engineering train is prepared with essential safety checks during the daytime to make sure it is safe to operate on the railway tracks at night. This is so we can continue to keep essential freight carrying food, fuel and medicines and of course passengers moving to reach their destinations.

 

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When we’re working in your area

Please click on your location to find a timetable of dates of when these trains are working near your home.

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Contact us

For more information or to get in touch with us, please call our 24 hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or email CRwest@networkrail.co.uk