Latest Rail News

28.01.15

Watford renewals: Orphanage Road bridge work set to begin

Preparatory work to replace the railway bridge at Orphanage Road in Watford is due to start next week, as part of the £81m project to upgrade and deliver a more reliable railway between Milton Keynes and London Euston. 

Once complete, the upgrade work – a major part of Network Rail’s Watford Area Renewals Programme – will allow trains to travel through this stretch at 125mph instead of 90mph. 

As part of the preparation work to allow the new bridge to be installed, Orphanage Road will be closed to road and pedestrian traffic for 12 weeks from Monday February 2 to Friday April 17. 

The new bridge will then be installed over the Easter bank holiday weekend, as John Nixon, senior programme manager on the project, recently told RTM

As part of the work on the bridge, Network Rail says a collision protection beam will be installed to protect the structure against being struck by vehicles. 

Terry Strickland, Network Rail area director, said: “This investment is absolutely vital to help us deliver a better service for passengers. The section of track through Watford Junction is one of the most intensively used, high-speed sections of railway in Britain and has seen tremendous growth in traffic and passengers over the last five years. 

“A key part of the scheme is to rebuild the bridge over Orphanage Road, to ensure we have a structure that is in good condition for future decades of railway and vehicle traffic. Once complete, the work will also enable trains to travel at a faster speed through this stretch of railway. Together with new track and signalling this will help to deliver a better railway for passengers.” 

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

Rail industry Focus

View all News

Comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

Most Read

'the sleepers' blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to in... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

Interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projects across the UK, Pearson Business School, part of... more >