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Author Topic: Engineering closure - Castle Cary to Taunton, 14 to 27 March 2020  (Read 2682 times)
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« on: March 02, 2020, 08:53:27 pm »

Subject line says it (almost) all.   From National Rail

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Engineering work is taking place between Castle Cary and Taunton, closing the line.

Buses will replace trains between Castle Cary and Taunton.

Trains between London Paddington and South West England will be diverted between Reading and Taunton via Bristol Temple Meads. This will extend your journey time by up to 35 minutes.

A shuttle train service will run every 2 hours between London Paddington and Castle Cary.

This engineering work will deliver several infrastructure improvements. The main benefit will be to repair bridge structures over the River Parrett and River Tone. In addition, bridge maintenance work will also be taking place along the route as well as drainage work at Somerton.
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2020, 09:28:20 am »

The line is actually closed until Sunday 29 March.

There will also be diversions continuing into the following week due to severe speed restrictions as a result of the work.
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2020, 10:37:59 am »

The line is actually closed until Sunday 29 March.

There will also be diversions continuing into the following week due to severe speed restrictions as a result of the work.

The National Rail website that I quoted from says 27th ... see attachment to this post.  However, I would tend to believe 29th because longer-period closures like this one tend to start after the last train on a Friday and end just before the first train on a Monday.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2020, 11:56:32 am »

The line is actually closed until Sunday 29 March.

There will also be diversions continuing into the following week due to severe speed restrictions as a result of the work.
I was wondering what the reason was for Express services continuing to be diverted via Bristol with the semi-fasts continuing normal route.
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2020, 05:22:59 pm »

Work seems to have started at Langport when I was there today. Piles being driven at the embankment between the two bridges crossing the Levels.
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2020, 12:53:55 pm »

Does anybody have information as to why the diversionary route via Yeovil is not being used on this occasion? I can't find any additional works on that route listed.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2020, 07:24:37 pm »

Does anybody have information as to why the diversionary route via Yeovil is not being used on this occasion? I can't find any additional works on that route listed.
Two reasons I can think of:

1)Quicker and more paths via Bristol.
2)You miss Taunton and Tiverton Parkway with via Yeovil diverts.
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2020, 08:44:59 am »

Subsidence issues west of Castle Cary have closed the Taunton bound line since Tuesday night. Services diverting via Bristol or terminating at Castle Cary.

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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2020, 09:51:21 am »

Does anybody have information as to why the diversionary route via Yeovil is not being used on this occasion? I can't find any additional works on that route listed.

Because the trains would be unable to call at Taunton or Tiverton Parkway
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2020, 10:09:48 am »

From information posted elsewhere it would appear that the issue is at the site of the embankment reinforcement works at Langport where piling is taking place.  Only the Down Line closed at present.
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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2020, 10:21:54 am »

Comment elsewhere that since the end of the year Plymouth drivers aren't able to do Taunton to Bristol (though somewhat oddly still can do Bristol to London), so that has the potential to reduce the flexibility for diversions via Bristol. Seems odd if true, as I would have thought that is a fairly obvious diversion route that would often be needed.
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2020, 10:24:28 am »

Comment elsewhere that since the end of the year Plymouth drivers aren't able to do Taunton to Bristol (though somewhat oddly still can do Bristol to London), so that has the potential to reduce the flexibility for diversions via Bristol. Seems off if true, as I would have thought that is a fairly obvious diversion route that would often be needed.
Bizarre if true as via Bristol is a frequently used diversion route to/from the SW.
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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2020, 10:50:26 am »

Comment elsewhere that since the end of the year Plymouth drivers aren't able to do Taunton to Bristol (though somewhat oddly still can do Bristol to London), so that has the potential to reduce the flexibility for diversions via Bristol. Seems off if true, as I would have thought that is a fairly obvious diversion route that would often be needed.
Bizarre if true as via Bristol is a frequently used diversion route to/from the SW.

Possible first steps towards closing the High Speed drivers depot at Plymouth and moving all the work to Exeter (well, they have to justify the cost of the new depot there somehow)?
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« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2020, 05:16:56 pm »

From GWR's media centre today:

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This weekend Network Rail will start work on nine railway upgrades in Somerset which will take place at the same time to reduce disruption for passengers.

From Saturday 14 March to Sunday 29 March Network Rail will be working 24/7 to repair and replace railway bridges, improve tunnel drainage and reinforce railway embankments - all between Taunton and Castle Cary in Somerset. The work will provide a more resilient and reliable railway for passengers.

The work means buses will replace trains between Castle Cary and Taunton and Network Rail are making the most of the closure to carry out nine projects on the closed section of the line.

Those upgrades include the renewal of seven bridges as well as the installation of improved drainage in Somerton Tunnel.

By doing all nine projects at the same time it reduces disruption for passengers as it would take several months’ worth of closures if the upgrades were carried out separately.
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« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2020, 11:26:05 am »

Just to advise that the work was completed to schedule and the line reopened today, 30 March 2020.
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