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1996-10-04 RTK-001
Railtrack plc


Railtrack starts major investment work in Woking and Surbiton

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Railtrack plc

Railtrack starts major investment work in Woking and Surbiton

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4 October 1996
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

Work began at Woking last weekend as part of Railtrack's major investment plan to resignal more than 1000 miles of track in London and south west England. The work is part of a £67 million project to resignal the track controlled by Surbiton and Woking signal boxes and involves a series of 13 weekends of engineering work.

"This resignalling scheme is a major investment project for rail users in southern Britain," commented Chris Jago, Director, Railtrack Southern. "Although it will mean some temporary disruption for passengers travelling through Woking in the short term, the benefit of the works will mean improved reliability and faster trains.

"Unfortunately major construction work like this does involve some noise but we are working with our contractors, Adtranz, to ensure that disruption to local residents is kept to a minimum," he added.

Work over the 13 weekends involves installing new signalling equipment for 114 miles of track, building a new signalling centre at Woking, a new bay platform at Woking station and improving the track lay out at both stations. The existing signal boxes at Woking and Surbiton will then be closed.

As lines have to be closed while the work is carried out, some weekend journeys via Woking are being diverted and some passengers on through services will have to change trains at Woking. South West Trains has issued timetable alterations for the period.

Commissioning of the new signalling system is scheduled to take place in five stages between mid February and June 1997, the largest of which is at Woking at Easter and will involve a four day closure of the station.

The work is part of Railtrack's South West Investment Strategy for Signalling (SWISS) and follows the successful £23 million resignalling of 50 miles of track between Basingstoke and Eastleigh in November 1995.

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