Published on : Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Passengers and residents in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, will soon benefit from a more reliable level crossing on Alstone Lane as Network Rail prepares to carry out a full renewal of the crossing’s equipment.
The equipment that makes up this crossing has come to the end of its natural life and as part of the company’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway, will be replaced in its entirety to improve reliability and increase the safety of passengers and the public.
The work is extensive and will involve renewing the barrier, the machine that operates the barrier and the warning lights, more commonly known as ‘wig wags’. The orange army will also be renewing the devices that emit the warning sounds, creating suitable housing for the machine that operates the barrier, and installing new cabling, signage and road markings.
Due to the nature of this work, two temporary road closures are required. The first will take place between Saturday 14 May and Sunday 15 May and the second will take place over ten days, starting on Friday 10 June. During this time, a diversion route, agreed with Gloucestershire County Council, will be in place.
To minimise disruption as much as possible, pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and a drop-in event is being held to enable residents to find out more about the work and ask any questions.
John Aderele, Network Rail’s project manager for the scheme, said: “I’d like to thank residents in advance for their patience and understanding while we carry out this essential upgrade that will improve the reliability of the crossing for its users.
“We will be working hard to deliver this improvement work as soon as possible and I’d encourage anyone who wants to know more about the work or has a question to come along to our drop-in event; everyone is welcome.”