Posted by: nigelashtonuk | March 26, 2014

MetroWest Phase 1 – Rail Project

As you will be aware we are taking forward the rail project including proposals to re-open the Portishead line, with Network Rail and their contractors. This work draws on previous work, augmented by more detailed work in relation to the dis-used section of line between Portishead and Pill.

Next week contractors will be undertaking some minor vegetation clearance work to enable access for equipment to undertake ground investigation works. A total of 24 bore holes will be drilled along the dis-used line. The soil bores will then be analysed to ascertain ground conditions and the extent of any soil contamination. This will then be fed into the Network Rail (GRIP 1-2) work stream, which is due to be reported this spring.

The minor vegetation clearance work will cause some noise, with the use of chain saws etc, but will be limited to clearing brambles and vegetation within the track bed at certain locations (not the whole line), to enable access for the ground investigation equipment, which is essentially a compact rail trolley. The ground investigation work will generate some noise while the bore holes are drilled, however the noise at each location should only last approximately 10 minutes or so.

The clearance work is planned for next week 1st/2nd April, with the ground investigation work on the 3rd/4th April.