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

[updated 25 August 2021]

The Mursley to Little Horwood road will be closed from 31 August until December to allow work to its bridge over the railway. At the same time the road between Bottledump Roundabout on the A421 and Newton Longville is also due to be closed until 6 December for works on that bridge over the railway.

Work has started on building the new station in Winslow - and the first phase involving installation of sheet piling has now been completed. Further (and quieter) auger-piling for the two lift shafts (one on each platform) will take place in the autumn 2021.

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.

Information regarding work for East West Rail can be found in EWR's quarterly newsletters. Please e-mail: publicinformation@ewralliance.co.uk and you will be added to the mailing list.

If you have any questions or concerns, please visit www.networkrail.co.uk/contactus or call Network Rail's 24hr helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

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

Posted: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 17:00 by Roger Slevin

Tags: East West Rail, Roadworks