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Author Topic: Engineering works at Guildford - Easter 2020  (Read 9423 times)
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« on: April 15, 2020, 09:05:34 am »

Extensive engineering works are taking place at Guildford between Friday 10 and Sunday 19 April, affecting services by SWR» (South Western Railway - about), GWR (Great Western Railway), CrossCountry and Southern.

From Network Rail's Twitter feed:

The following news article has many photos showing the scale of works that have been taking place:

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2020, 02:55:02 pm »

Network Rail have announced that the engineering works have been completed.

Network Rail engineers have successfully completed a massive upgrade of the railway around Guildford.

Between Friday 10 and Monday 20 April, teams worked a total of 20,000 hours to improve track, power supplies and signalling equipment around Guildford, one of the busiest parts of Network Rail’s Wessex route.

Around 1,500 metres of new track was installed on lines approaching Guildford from Worplesdon and Wanborough, used by South Western Railway (SWR» (South Western Railway - about)) and Great Western Railway (GWR (Great Western Railway)) for services to Gatwick Airport, London Waterloo, Reading, Woking and other major stations. The new track, designed to last up to 60 years, will see fewer failures that can cause delays.

Forty one track circuits, vital parts of the area’s signalling system, were upgraded to improve reliability whilst 1,200 metres of conductor rail used to power trains was renewed on the line from Guildford to Clandon.

At St. Catherine’s Tunnel, between Guildford and Shalford, engineers removed around 800 tonnes of sand and strengthened an embankment and rockface to prevent landslips. A 20mph speed restriction, imposed late last year following two landslips, was successfully removed and will allow trains to travel at normal speeds through the area, further reducing the risk of delays in the area.

At Guildford station itself the station’s overbridge, used by hundreds of thousands of passengers and local residents every year, was given a facelift with new paintwork and anti-slip tiles.

Engineers will return to Guildford over the coming weeks, as planned, to conduct follow up work. This will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April
  • Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May

People making essential journeys are advised to check with their train operator for information about services.
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2020, 05:57:52 pm »

All good news - look forward to seeing it when eventually we are out of lock down.

One small point - I had assumed that the footbridge would go with the imminent reconstruction - but I guess I ought to be grateful that this tired piece of infrastructure is getting an interim refresh in the meantime!
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