Work on Keynsham Station improvements to be 'complete by September'

May 07 2016
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Work to improve Keynsham Station – including its passenger shelters – could continue into September this year, Network Rail has told residents.

Work to improve Keynsham Station – including its passenger shelters – could continue into September this year, Network Rail has told residents.

Major engineering work was carried out between April 2 and 11 prepare the line between Bristol and Bath for electric trains, which saw Keynsham Station closed for nine days and more than 500 members of Network Rail’s “orange army” working 24 hours a day on the project.

The track was lowered to allow enough room for the new trains to travel under Station Road and the overhead electric lines that will be installed, while modifications to the station’s platforms and work to install foundations for the overhead lines were also begun.

Contractors Hochtief (UK) Construction and Babcock International will be continuing to carry out follow-up work on the lines and on improvements at the station itself, however.

Tamping, to ensure the new railway sleepers sit firmly in the ballast, is expected to be carried out in the early hours of various Sunday mornings until the end of May and possibly into June as well.

Meanwhile Hochtief will continue work on installing a new shelter on Platform 1, renovating the shelter on Platform 2, reprofiling Platform 2, adjusting manholes and drainage, brickwork, resurfacing and installing the foundations for overhead line equipment.

Most of this work is expected to take place during weekdays, although some tasks will need to be carried out overnight when no trains are running.

In a letter to residents, Network Rail community relations executive Ben Nelson said: “We expect to complete the majority of our activities at Keynsham Station by September, 2016.”

He added: “We recognise that construction work on the railway can be disruptive to those living or working nearby.

“The nature of our work often means some disturbance is unavoidable, but please be assured that every effort is made to minimise any unnecessary noise and we have reminded all staff and contractors to be considerate of the environment they are working in.”

The work forms part of Network Rail’s £40billion Railway Upgrade Plan for Britain’s railways – more information about work taking place in Bath and North East Somerset can be found at www.networkrail.co.uk/great-western-route-modernisation/banes/