Network Rail’s ‘orange army’ is reminding residents that the essential work to prepare Stratton Green bridge in Swindon for the arrival of a new fleet of electric trains has now begun.
The team will be demolishing and rebuilding the bridge as part of the company’s Railway Upgrade Plan, creating the additional space needed for the overhead lines that will power the faster, longer, greener and quieter electric trains to run underneath.
To carry out the reconstruction, a temporary road closure is now in place until the end of February 2016. Throughout the majority of this time, pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to access the bridge.
Andrew Haynes, Network Rail’s project director for the west of England, said:
“The new bridge will pave the way for electrification and the benefits this will bring for local residents. These include faster trains with more seats and more legroom, and less noise and pollution for those who live close to the railway. The ability to reduce journey times while increasing capacity will also benefit businesses, helping to drive economic growth across the west and south west of England.
“We know the closure of this bridge will inconvenience residents and commuters, but we are asking people to please bear with us while this essential work is carried out.
“We are continuing to work closely with Swindon Borough Council to minimise disruption and complete the work in as short a timescale as possible.”
The diversion route agreed with Swindon Borough Council during the temporary closure of Stratton Green bridge is as follows:
Drakes Way – Ocotal Way – Great Western Road roundabout – Cirencester Way – Gipsy Lane – Bridge End Road.
Members of the public with any questions about the work can call Network Rail’s 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.