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the upcoming remodelling of Werrington Junction to allow freight to dive under the ECML and use the line to Spalding without crossing on the flat is planned to start construction soon.

any ideas of how long the blockade will be to enable the new chord to be built?

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best get down to the footbridge on Hurn Road and take some "before" pictures then.

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There have been some of the 'Orange Army' on site in the vee of the junction on and off for a couple of weeks. No sign, as yet, of anything happening though.

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On 15/04/2016 at 10:21, Richard E said:

There have been some of the 'Orange Army' on site in the vee of the junction on and off for a couple of weeks. No sign, as yet, of anything happening though.

site surveys probably.

going to be a big job, lots of piling and moving of the Down Stamford and the OLE

not to mention Telecomms cables

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I would expect they will have to slide in a bridge/tunnel at some point to allow the track to dive under so that will be when they have a blockade - that will likely be a Christmas or Easter type activity as it's not going to be an overnight job and they won't allow a long term severing of the ECML outside of a holiday period.

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I would expect they will have to slide in a bridge/tunnel at some point to allow the track to dive under so that will be when they have a blockade - that will likely be a Christmas or Easter type activity as it's not going to be an overnight job and they won't allow a long term severing of the ECML outside of a holiday period.

construct concrete trackbed on work site, sever the mainline and slide structure in, relay track, then finish digging out under I think is the plan.

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not forgetting where the A15 Lincoln Road/Werrington Parkway dual carriageway passes over Hurn Road will have to be tunnelled too for the new line 

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not forgetting where the A15 Lincoln Road dual carriageway passes over Hurn Road will have to be tunnelled too for the new line 

 

Actually it won't, Hurn Road is to be closed and the new alignment will pass under the bridge that it currently uses.  Bit of a turnaround a road being closed so it can be used as a railway!

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According to the NR website on site work does not start for another 2 years (summer 2018) and will not be finished until autumn 2020. Plenty of time yet to get those pictures of the site and, indeed, to arrange to catalogue progress in a photo album.

 

http://www.networkrail.co.uk/east-coast-main-line/werrington-junction/

 

The dive-under option presents a number of design and construction challenges for us, and as a consequence, we are currently in the process of bringing on board a specialist principal contractor who will assist in the design of the development and subsequently build the new track should it gain the necessary consents. 

Timescales for the application for consent, through a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO), and construction have altered from those we highlighted in our events last year and are now as follows:

  • Specialist contractor appointed:  Summer 2016
  • Community consultation: Autumn 2016
  • Submit application for consent (TWAO) to carry out the work: Winter 2016
  • Work starts (subject to consent being granted): Summer 2018
  • Completion of works: Autumn 2020 

 

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That looks to be emerging perilously close to the Kerry / Thomas Cook offices on Coningsby Road. Good thing TC are moving to the other end of Peterborough in June :)

 

It's a pity we'll probably lose the lovely viewpoint opposite the Royal Mail Sorting Office - that's a regular lunchtime spotting spot for me.

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still at grip 3 (Network rail terms) no single option identified, over 8 in recent months.

 

Will be years before anything gets built, but a blockade of 9 days was one option, amongst many..

 

Gareth

 

happily no longer involved in that scheme..

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Interesting that the dive-under will start from the Midland Line on the west side of the railway when most of the freight is up/down Felixstowe which is on the east of the ECML. There is very little freight up/down the ECML to the south of Peterborough.

 

I'm a bit confused ...

 

Regards

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Interesting that the dive-under will start from the Midland Line on the west side of the railway when most of the freight is up/down Felixstowe which is on the east of the ECML. There is very little freight up/down the ECML to the south of Peterborough.

 

I'm a bit confused ...

 

Regards

the Felixstowe line dives under the ECML just south of Peterborough, so freight would naturally be on the Stamford lines. This takes it back under the ECML.

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the Felixstowe line dives under the ECML just south of Peterborough, so freight would naturally be on the Stamford lines. This takes it back under the ECML.

Whence it can head towards Lincoln, then Doncaster; thereby taking traffic off the ECML between Peterborough and Donny. If only they'd kept the Joint Line from Whitemoor open..

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the Felixstowe line dives under the ECML just south of Peterborough, so freight would naturally be on the Stamford lines. This takes it back under the ECML.

Now I understand, thank you.

 

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There is some freight south of Peterborough but as said it is very small in volume compared to the north. I can sit at my pub quiz on a Tuesday night and watch innumerable passenger trains pass and then spot an occasional freight to break the monotony. There are about a dozen movements showing today with about two dozen additional timetable slots that are there to be activated if required.

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I've been reading today about this and Railfutre thinks this plan has limitations and should be paused to allowing costings for all plans for the proposed Strategic Rail Freight Network around the city to be costed against reopening the March to Spalding line.

 

Edit for spelling.

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I've been reading today about this and Railfutre thinks this plan has limitations and should be paused to allowing costings for all plans for the proposed Strategic Rail Freight Network around the city to be costed against reopening the March to Spding line.

They'd have to move Whitemoor prison

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They'd have to move Whitemoor prison

The trackbed looks like it's been built on in a few places, particularly in Spalding. In effect it would be a new line, so no real need to stick to the previous alignment if it's been built on.

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Got a new road on it in places too

They'd have to move Whitemoor prison

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I like the way that it mentions 'interesting' construction challenges and specialist contractors.  I suspect that the high water table will make it very interesting. Will the contactors need to be Scuba trained as well as having a PTS card.

 

 

More seriously that will probably have to make sure that the whole diveunder doesn't tend to float upwards.

 

Jamie

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