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Platform ‘party’ celebrates railway upgrade

Posted on Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 4:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a 'platform gathering' at Filton Abbey Wood Station.

A local railway campaign group has staged an event to mark the completion of a major infrastructure project which will help provide more reliable services for rail passengers travelling to and from local stations in the Bristol North Fringe.

On Friday 22nd February, Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways (FOSBR) held a ‘party’ on the platform at Filton Abbey Wood Station to celebrate the success of the four-tracking of Filton Bank.

Network Rail completed the bulk of the engineering work in November 2018. The extra two tracks have resulted in a substantial improvement in recent reliability of local services as local stopping services now run on separate lines to the faster intercity services.

At the event, FOSBR chair Rob Dixon thanked Network Rail representatives for their successful delivery of the project Network Rail were represented by Andy Spencer (senior programme manager, West of England) and GWR by John Lanchester (regional stations manager).

Those present shared a ‘four-track’-themed cake and sang Morningtown Ride accompanied by a ukulele – “Rocking, rolling, riding, via Abbey Wood, all bound for Temple Meads, not so far away” (with apologies to The Seekers).

Tim Bowles, West of England mayor, attended and said:

“I’m delighted with the new platform at Filton Abbey Wood, which supports my ambitious plans to improve our rail network, including direct services between Severn Beach and Bath, re-opening Henbury station and a brand new station at Portway. I am also working with North Somerset Council on plans to re-open the line to Portishead. I am committed to working with all partners to ensure the West of England has a railway service that is fit for the future.”

More: FOSBR wants a half-hourly service to all Bristol local stations »

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Temporary closure of footpath at Filton Abbey Wood Station

Posted on Saturday 6th May 2017 at 11:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Sign warning of footpath closure at Filton Abbey Wood Station.

Passengers at Filton Abbey Wood Station are being reminded that the footpath between the car park and the platforms is to close temporarily from Sunday 7th May.

The closure, which will run until autumn 2017, is to allow engineering works to be safely carried out.

Pedestrians will need to follow a signed diversion route from the car park in Emma Chris Way, along Nutfield Grove and through the grounds of Nutfield House to join the footbridge to the platforms.

Network Rail project management assistant Rebecca Tipper said:

“Passengers should allow around an extra ten minutes to ensure they safely catch their trains. We would like to thank them in advance for their patience while this work is carried out.”

The diversion only affects passengers arriving on the car park side of the station.

In addition, cabins will be placed in the station car park to accommodate the team carrying out the work. As a result, fewer spaces will be available and spaces reserved for drivers with disabilities will be relocated within the car park.

Due to planned work between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads, a rail replacement service will operate from Filton Abbey Wood from:

  • 23:45 Saturday 6th May to 04:45 Monday 8th May
  • 23:45 Saturday 13th May to 04:45 Monday 15th May
  • 23:45 Saturday 20th May to 04:45 Monday 2nd2 May

The rail replacement point is at the main entrance of the station on Emma Chris Way.

More: Map showing diversion route »

Residents invited to Filton drop-in event as railway upgrade work approaches

Posted on Tuesday 13th September 2016 at 9:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Network Rail workers in action on a station platform.

Filton residents are invited to attend a drop-in event to find out more about the next steps in Network Rail’s plan to upgrade the railway in the Bristol area, including the construction of a fourth platform at Filton Abbey Wood Station.

The event will take place at Filton Community Centre, Elm Park  (BS34 7PS) on Thursday 15th September, between 5pm and 8pm. Members of the Network Rail project team will be on hand throughout to explain the plans and to answer any questions.

Poster advertising a drop-in session for railway upgrade work in Filton and Horfield.

Work is due start next month at Filton Abbey Wood Station and in the neighbouring Horfield Cutting as part of the project to double the number of tracks between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway from two to four.

The scheme will allow more trains to operate, reduce journey times and allow for trackside maintenance work to be undertaken without disrupting services, as well as allowing more freight services to operate. It also allows for electrification of the line, which will enable the introduction of a fleet of quieter, greener, faster electric trains.

To accommodate the new trains, a fourth platform will be built at Filton Abbey Wood Station with ramped access to the existing footbridge. To support the embankment, a retaining wall will be built between the new platform and the residential area that backs onto the railway. This phase of the work is due to take a year before Network Rail’s ‘orange army’ will return to extend the three existing platforms and lay the new track.

More: Approved plans available on South Glos Council website »

Filton Roundabout resurfacing work to take place overnight from 3rd May

Posted on Thursday 28th April 2016 at 4:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Filton Roundabout on the A38 in Bristol.

South Gloucestershire Council is warning of overnight road closures to allow essential resurfacing work to be carried out at the A38 Filton Roundabout between Tuesday 3rd May and Friday 13th May.

The work, which will involve removing the existing road surface and laying a new one, will start at approximately 8pm each day and run through the night until approximately 6am the following day.

Adverse weather conditions may affect the times and dates.

The roundabout was recently resurfaced by an external contractor, however the road surface has deteriorated and no longer meets our standards, so it is essential that these remedial works are completed as soon as possible. These remedial works are being completed by the contractor, not at the public’s expense.

For the duration of the overnight works, the roundabout will be closed and all traffic will follow a diversion route whilst the closures are in place.

Residents have been contacted in advance to request that vehicles are not parked on the road whilst the work is carried out. Access to properties and amenities fronting the site and whose only access is from the closed road will be available at all times, and every effort will be made to keep the disruption to local residents to a minimum.

Whilst the road is closed, additional essential maintenance work in the location is also being undertaken.

South Gloucestershire Council’s Head of StreetCare and Transport Mark King said:

“It’s important that we resurface the roundabout now, before the surface deteriorates any further, and we are carrying out the work overnight to minimise disruption to commuters and local residents.”

“Alternative routes will be signposted whilst the works are in progress, however it is possible that delays may occur on the surrounding network so we advise people to avoid the area if possible.”

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these essential works.”

A council spokesperson added:

“These works will create a significant amount of noise and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.”

Photo: Filton Roundabout (archive image).

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