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Author Topic: Bristol Resignalling - from Bristol PSB to Thames Valley Signal Centre  (Read 21445 times)
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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2016, 08:59:10 am »

Looking at

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/143426.aspx#GWR

I find it amusing that the two stations severely affected, Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbeywood, are not actually mentioned in Network Rails notes.

The mention just about everything else.

Also no mention on completion so I assume that all will be ok Tuesday morning.
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« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2016, 08:47:21 pm »

Looking at

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/143426.aspx#GWR

I find it amusing that the two stations severely affected, Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbeywood, are not actually mentioned in Network Rails notes.

The mention just about everything else.

Also no mention on completion so I assume that all will be ok Tuesday morning.

The site normally gives brief summary of the routes involved and these two stations come within the parameters quoted.
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« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2016, 09:53:01 pm »

This is for the first stage of the Bristol Area Resignalling discussed further here: http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=16746.msg191165#msg191165
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« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2016, 04:04:02 pm »

Control of Bristol Parkway, Filton Abbey Wood, Patchway, and the entire Filton Diamond has now transferred from Bristol PSB to Thames Valley Signalling Centre.

(I've looked for threads referring to this, but couldn't find anything.  Mods - Please move - or delete - this if I didn't look hard enough.)

No major disruption or late handback or anything.  As far as I know.
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« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2016, 05:27:06 pm »

There is a thread here and this thread also contains a link to another one with more detailed info:-

www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=17395.0
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« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2016, 08:02:20 pm »

Does TVSC now control all the way from Paddington to Filton Diamond or is there a small gap between Alderton and Parkway?
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« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2016, 08:26:45 pm »

(I've looked for threads referring to this, but couldn't find anything.  Mods - Please move - or delete - this if I didn't look hard enough.)

With thanks for your efforts in trying to find previous references, rower40, I've now found and merged three topics discussing this development.

Hopefully, suitably renamed, this combined topic will make it easier for our readers to find what they are looking for.  Wink
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« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2016, 10:31:39 pm »

Does TVSC now control all the way from Paddington to Filton Diamond or is there a small gap between Alderton and Parkway?
Yes there's a gap - Westerleigh Junction and Chipping Sodbury are still under Bristol PSB.  Control of this bit, and Westerleigh to the Gloucester PSB fringe, will transfer in Feb 2017.
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« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2016, 01:45:31 pm »

Does TVSC now control all the way from Paddington to Filton Diamond or is there a small gap between Alderton and Parkway?
Yes there's a gap - Westerleigh Junction and Chipping Sodbury are still under Bristol PSB.  Control of this bit, and Westerleigh to the Gloucester PSB fringe, will transfer in Feb 2017.

Anyone know when the planned closure date for Bristol PSB is?
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« Reply #24 on: November 28, 2016, 11:41:54 pm »

Bit of an update regards the resignalling and recontrol work to TVSC, as well as other related work in the Bristol area. A magazine article recently came to my attention through another forum and it gives some of the work dates for 2017 to 2019 so it looks as if the schedule is currently as follows:

February 2017: Recontrol of Badminton line from Bristol PSB to TVSC Didcot. This will bridge the gap through to Alderton and will also render the Stoke panel at Bristol PSB redundant. A website (RealTimeTrains) suggests that there will be a line closure - the only one in the Bristol Parkway area for the whole of the month - for the weekend of 18th & 19th February so I guess the work is to be done then. Buses will replace direct trains Bristol Parkway to Gloucester but CrossCountry trains will, by the looks of things, be diverted via. Severn Tunnel Junction to Newport from which they will head back to Severn Tunnel Junction and take the line via. Lydney up to Gloucester and then rejoin their normal route.

November 2017: More work at Bristol Parkway! Reconfiguration of layout with new platform.

April 2018: Control of signalling at Bristol Temple Meads to pass to TVSC Didcot.

December 2018: New platform brought into service at Filton Abbey Wood and also new signalling, with re-quadrupling between Filton Abbey Wood and Dr. Days Junction. I am guessing that the signalling from Lockleaze (Wessex Avenue bridge, current boundary between Bristol PSB and TVSC Didcot) through to Dr. Days Junction will pass from Bristol PSB to TVSC Didcot on completion of this work. I also think that TVSC Didcot will, at this point, take over the Severn Beach line from Narroways Junction, where the SBL leaves the main line to Filton, through to Clifton Down. There is a plan to amend the signalling at Clifton Down to make it similar to that used at Avonmouth so that it will be possible for late-running trains from Temple Meads to cross over to the other line and terminate at Platform 2. Terminated trains will then be able to start back to Temple Meads from Platform 2 which is the platform they normally use when travelling in that direction.

A new timetable is expected to commence between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads using the new Class 800 (I.E.P) trains.

April 2019: Control of signalling between Bristol East Junction and Bath Spa to pass from Bristol PSB to TVSC Didcot. The article refers to the "Bath corridor" so I guess that TVSC Didcot will also take over control up to just east of Box Tunnel (where the current Bristol PSB / TVSC Didcot boundary is located on that line) and also down the Avoncliff line as far as Avoncliff / Bradford-on-Avon.

Once all the above work is done, Bristol PSB (signalbox) will be a shadow of its former self and will only control as far as the Bridgwater area (somewhere between Bridgwater station and the M5 bridge just north of Junction 24, which is Bridgwater south). Any passenger in a car who looks off the southbound side of that bridge as they pass over it will notice that there is a pub there called the Boat and Anchor. That pub marks the rough location where the next signalbox to the south (Exeter PSB) takes over from Bristol for trains heading southbound.

For anyone interested, the article which is my source for most of the above information can be found at https://www.railengineer.uk/2016/10/26/bristol-area-signalling-renewals/

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« Reply #25 on: November 29, 2016, 10:25:38 am »

Reassuring to see that typos etc are not confined to forums such as this.  The article referred to in the august journal Rail Engineer starts off:

“In service for nearly forty decades, the iconic InterCity 125 High Speed Trains (HST) are soon to step back from front line service ……


I know they’re old but ….
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« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2017, 08:32:29 pm »

Just an update that BARSE Stage 1 (actually the second stage to be commissioned) was commisioned over the last weekend (18/19 February 2017).  Didcot TVSC now controls from London Paddington to just short of the East End of Patchway and to the fringe with Gloucester Panel at Berkley Road.
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« Reply #27 on: February 24, 2017, 08:39:09 pm »

BARSE

Is that really the acronym? Any other Viz readers out there? When is the resignalling due to reach Biffin's Bridge?
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« Reply #28 on: February 24, 2017, 09:04:02 pm »

Oh B***s.  I meant to type BASRE Roll Eyes Tongue
B=Bristol
A=Area
S=Signalling
R=Renewal and
E=Enhancement
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« Reply #29 on: February 24, 2017, 11:22:01 pm »

With thanks for your timely correction, SandTEngineer, I've now added BASRE to the Coffee Shop forum's list of abbreviations and acronymsWink

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