This Month in Rail Construction News 2.2
Welcome to the latest edition of Rail Construction News – the premier construction tool for the rail industry.
In this month’s edition of Rail Construction News, we preview RailLIVE 2016; we unveil Lea Bridge Station; and we take a look at the Devon Line project.
RailLIVE 2016 is an outdoor rail show running across the 22nd and 23rd June. The event is aimed at the entire rail sector and provides exhibitors with the perfect platform to showcase a wide range of products and services in a real rail environment. During the course of the two day event, RailLIVE 2016 promises a comprehensive timetable of events and demonstrations, including seminars and presentations delivered by high profile industry leaders and experts.
Meanwhile, after more than 30 years of closure, Lea Bridge Station in east London’s Leyton has been officially re-opened, following a major redevelopment project led by Waltham Forest Council and a cash injection of nearly £12m. The station lies just to the north of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and on the edge of the Lea Valley Regional Park. The reopening will help kick-start ambitious regeneration plans in the Leyton area and is expected to serve over 350,000 passengers a year by 2031. Providing direct links to Stratford and Tottenham Hale, the station gives passengers journey times as short as five minutes, compared to the 40 minutes these journeys currently take by bus.
And finally, a project designed to secure the future of the Exeter and Newton Abbot railway line has reached an important milestone, as Network Rail employs an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to help improve the area’s resilience. Following a bout of extreme weather in 2014, which caused part of the railway line at Dawlish to collapse into the sea, the team began working with local residents on a study to look at the impact coastal flooding, erosion and cliff instability has on the Great Western route. The aim of this study is to provide a range of options which can help limit the effects these conditions will have moving forward. The study has pinpointed two areas for resilience work and is now employing the services of a UAV to get a better understanding of the work ahead.
With all this and much more inside, please join us as we explore the projects which continue to shape our nation’s railways.