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

The following information is based on a notice East West Rail has prepared for residents living near the site of the new station - but may be of wider interest within the town :

Network Rail's works to build the new station are underway in Winslow as they start to reconstruct the original embankments and cuttings. Over the next two months, they will need to install a new retaining reinforced concrete wall to build the new platforms and the station to new modern railway designs and standards. This involves the installation of sheet piles to support the new embankments and cuttings. To install the sheet piles, we will be using a vibrating excavator to drive these into the ground.

These works will be happening from Monday 21st June to Friday 30th July 2021, with work happening between 7:00am and 6:00pm.

Noise predictions have been agreed with Buckinghamshire Council. Whilst the level of vibration will be noticeable, the levels will be below those which would have the potential to cause any damage to any nearby property. On site NR's contractors will be implementing a range of control measures to minimise impacts as much as possible.

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.

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

Tags: East West Rail, Roadworks