Train line work in Pangbourne – September 23rd to October 4th 2013

The council has been notified of works affecting the railway in Pangbourne, starting on Monday 23rd September.  Details of the correspondence are below.

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NetworkRailApprentices3
Dear Sir/MadamESSENTIAL PILING WORKS – PANGBOURNE – MLN1 42.5 MILES TO 41.75 MILESI am writing to inform you that we will shortly need to undertake piling
works in the Pangbourne area as part of our wider plan to electrify the
Great Western Railway.Electrification of the Great Western Mainline railway (GWML) between
London Paddington, Oxford and Newbury was confirmed by the Secretary of
State for Transport on 25 November 2010. Following this, the government
confirmed that the line would be electrified to Bath, Bristol and
Cardiff with a further announcement on 16 July 2012 detailing that the
railway would be electrified to Swansea.The electrification of the GWML is a vital aspect of the government’s
strategy to provide a safe, reliable and efficient railway fit for the
21st century.As part of this work, we need to undertake piling activities in order to
install foundations that are required to facilitate the erection of
overhead line equipment (OLE).WORKS WILL BE UNDERTAKEN BETWEEN 21:30HRS AND 05:30HRS EACH NIGHT
BETWEEN MONDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2013 AND FRIDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2013.

Piling by nature is a noisy activity; however, we have applied
attenuation where reasonably practicable to our piling operations. It is
worth noting that each pile takes no more than 10-15 minutes to complete
at 50 metre intervals and this work is being undertaken just under a
mile stretch of track; as such, please rest assured that we will not be
undertaking our work at the same point for all of the dates/times
listed. Please also be assured that we will make every effort to
minimise any unnecessary noise and we have notified our neighbours of
this work. Furthermore, those working on site are briefed on working
responsibly in the local community.

Safety is our number one priority and for this reason work of this type
must be carried out while trains are not running. Under our licence
conditions we are contractually obliged to work, whenever possible, at
times that cause the least disruption to train services; this means
carrying out a lot of our work during the night and at weekends.

I hope this information is of some assistance; however, if I can be of
any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Richard Turner
Network Rail

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