Bigger railway storage lagoon to cut risk of track flooding at Chipping Sodbury

August 31 2017

WORK has started on a flood alleviation scheme to improve the resilience of the railway at Chipping Sodbury.

WORK has started on a flood alleviation scheme to improve the resilience of the railway at Chipping Sodbury.

The railway between the former Badminton station and the Kingrove stream has been flooded regularly, leading to Network Rail drawing up a scheme to expand a storage lagoon to hold some 11 million litres of water.

A new pumping system will also take excess rain water into the newly-enlarged lagoon more quickly when flooding occurs.

The work, which is due to be finished in May 2018, will result in fewer trains being cancelled during extreme weather and services getting back up and running more quickly.

The project is one of a number of schemes being carried out under the Department for Transport’s £26.5 million flood resilience programme, which was set up after extreme weather in 2012 and 2014 caused extensive disruption to the rail network.

Meanwhile, South Gloucestershire Councillors Sue Hope (Cotswold Edge) and Claire Young (Westerleigh) and the chairman of Acton Turville Parish Council, Chris Farrell, met with Network Rail managers to discuss ongoing rail electrification works and raise concerns from residents.

 They said there had been “some serious communication problems” regarding the project, with residents being uninformed about some aspects of the scheme or told work would take place on certain dates, only for the dates to change without notice.

Councillor Hope said: “We expressed our dissatisfaction with this last-minute and seemingly chaotic approach.

 “Network Rail acknowledged that some of the letters sent out contained incorrect information and have apologised for this. They promised to put more effort into communicating with residents.”

She said they also raised concerns about how Network Rail would preserve the character of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where the line passed through the protected zone.

She said a pledge by Network Rail to hold more public drop-in meetings to discuss the works was welcomed.