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1997-08-18 RTK-001
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Woking and Surbiton resignalling continues over the August Bank Holiday

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Railtrack plc

Woking and Surbiton resignalling continues over the August Bank Holiday

18 August 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

Work on the stretch of line between Woking and Surbiton is set to continue over the bank holiday weekend as part of Railtrack's £70 million resignalling scheme.

The work involves testing and commissioning a new signalling system to control the railway between West Byfleet and Brookwood on the Waterloo to Southampton main line and from Woking to Worplesdon on the branch line to Guildford. When completed, the signals and points controlled by the existing Woking signal box will be transferred to a new state of the art signalling centre, also at Woking.

Chris Jago, Director, Railtrack Southern, commenting on the weekend works, said; "This scheme is a major investment for rail users in southern Britain. The temporary disruption to services through Woking is an unfortunate side effect, but ultimately passengers will be able to enjoy an improved more reliable service."

Owing to the large amount of equipment to be tested and brought into use before the railway reopens on Tuesday morning, it will be necessary for over 100 workers to be on site around the clock.

Railtrack have been working closely with Adtranz, who has been contracted to do the work, to ensure that disruption to local residents is kept to a minimum. However, it is likely that there will be limited localised noise from machinery as well as an increase in the number of vehicles being driven and parked in the streets near the railway. A special telephone number, 0181 313 7200, has been set up to deal with urgent enquiries from lineside residents affected by the work.

Acknowledging the problems experienced during the last major commissioning works on the line in February, Chris Jago added: "We realise that the works did not run as smoothly as expected, but the lessons from that have been learnt and the same problems will not arise."

As lines have to be closed while the work is carried out, no trains will run between Woking and Guildford on Friday 22 August and there will be no trains running through Woking from Saturday 23 August until the early hours of Tuesday 26 August. South West Trains have issued timetable alterations for the period which are available at staffed South West Trains stations.

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