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Published on : Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Bristol residents are reminded that Easton Road bridge will be temporarily closed next week to enable Network Rail to carry out essential preparations for electrifying the railway ahead of the arrival of a new fleet of electric trains.
Network Rail’s ‘orange army’ will be reconstructing the bridge as part of the company’s Railway Upgrade Plan, to create the additional space needed for the overhead electrification equipment that will power a new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains to run underneath.
To minimise disruption for the local community while the reconstruction takes place, a temporary bridge has been built. During the nine-week closure, starting on Monday 8 February, the team will be diverting utility services from the existing bridge onto the temporary bridge in preparation for the reconstruction later this year.
Andy Haynes, Network Rail’s project director for the west of England, said: “In completing this essential improvement work, we have minimised disruption as much as possible by building a temporary bridge and using single lane working while we divert the utility services. However, we have now reached a stage in the project where a full road closure is required and I would like to thank residents in advance for their patience and understanding.
“This improvement work will pave the way for electrification of the railway and the benefits this will bring for the local community. These include faster trains with more seats and more legroom, less noise and improved air quality for those who live close to the railway.”The diversionary route during the temporary closure is as follows: Easton Road – Lawrence Hill – Russell Town Avenue.