East West Rail – Latest information on works, road closures, etc

Furze Lane has re-opened but be aware there are now linked traffic signals at Lakers, the EWR site compound and over the railway bridge! Work to widen the junction of Furze Lane and A413 will involve 3-way traffic signals from 19 April until 1 May. Little Horwood Road is closed at the railway bridge until 14 June for installation of the new bridge deck. Verney Road through Verney Junction will be closed again from 28 April to 8 May. Whaddon Road (Mursley) railway bridge is closed until 7 May. Queen Catherine Road between Steeple Claydon and Middle Claydon will be closed on 17 and 18 April for resurfacing.

EWR is now undertaking a programme of major earthworks at various locations along its route and this will continue through most of 2021. The earthworks phase involves installing new drainage systems, including new culverts that allows water to pass under the railway, constructing new drainage ditches, excavating and processing large amounts of spoil and then reconstructing the original embankments and cuttings to modern railway designs and standards. Several sections along the route will require new retaining walls to support the new earthworks, this will involve the installation of sheet piles, king post piles and reinforced concrete. At the same time SGN need to move and divert several existing gas main pipelines along the old railway line to facilitate the earthworks reconstruction. Once earthworks are completed the original track bed will be replaced in the centre of the railway trace in preparation for laying the new twin tracks in 2022.

Any comments on any EWR matters should be addressed to East West Rail at: publicinformation@ewralliance.co.uk

Posted: Fri, 02 Apr 2021 17:00 by Roger Slevin

Tags: East West Rail, Roadworks