Sunday, June 20, 2021
- Advertisement -
Home Infrastructure Network Rail completes improvements and vital maintenance during week-long closure in Portsmouth

Network Rail completes improvements and vital maintenance during week-long closure in Portsmouth

Engineers have extended the life of a Victorian viaduct and improved track in Portsmouth following a week of maintenance.

Landport Viaduct, built in 1876 for trains to travel between Portsmouth & Southsea and Portsmouth Harbour stations, was strengthened during a week-long closure from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 January.

10 of the historic viaduct’s 17 spans were strengthened to extend the life of the structure, which will now be painted in work lasting until the end of April. The viaduct’s seven other spans will receive similar treatment at a later date.

In addition to strengthening the viaduct, engineers made the most of the quiet time on the railway to carry out vital maintenance on the line from Cosham and Bedhampton to Portsmouth Harbour.

At a bridge crossing Portsbridge Creek, near Hilsea station, engineers renewed timber rail supports known as wheeltimbers, with the aim of removing a Temporary Speed Restriction (TSR) on the line. Similar work was carried out on St George’s bridge approaching Portsmouth Harbour station.

Also approaching Portsmouth Harbour, engineers made a number of track improvements. Several switches and crossings – which allow trains to move from one track to another – were refurbished with new components including point heaters, which keep them moving in freezing temperatures.

At Fratton train care depot new sidings were installed as part of a long-term programme of improvements to the facility used by Great Western Railway (GWR) and South Western Railway (SWR).

Mark Killick, Wessex route director, said: “I’d like to thank our passengers for their patience while we completed this important programme of improvements. All of the work we carried out last week will improve reliability for services in the Portsmouth area for many years to come.”

Photo credit: Network Rail

- Advertisement -

Most Popular

SWGR – Something to feel good about

Well-being in the SWGR workplace has never been more important Having a people culture and well-being strategy is no longer a ‘nice to do’ in...

Heritage stations restored for Manchester to Wigan passengers

Two heritage railway stations on the Manchester, Atherton and Wigan line have been improved for Northern passengers. Victorian platform canopies at Walkden and Swinton stations...

Sustainable furniture for transport hubs on a journey to go full circle

Sustainability has been at the heart of Green Furniture Concept since its inception more than 10 years ago. Now, the company, transforming UK railway...

Journey4 appointed by Northern to help develop business plan

Rail specialists Journey4 has been appointed by Northern to support the development of its business plan. Working closely with Northern’s senior leaders, the company was able...