Road’s night-time closure needed for rail electrification project

December 20 2015

A ROAD that goes over the Great Western railway line in Chipping Sodbury will have to be closed for a number of nights while work linked to an electrification programme is carried out.

A ROAD that goes over the Great Western railway line in Chipping Sodbury will have to be closed for a number of nights while work linked to an electrification programme is carried out.
Dodington Road crosses the Bristol-London line south of Chipping Sodbury School, linking the town to Codrington, Dodington and the B4465.
But the sides of the bridge that carries the road across the track have to be raised in height for safety reasons.
Network Rail said there had to be a barrier between the users of the bridge and the overhead electrification equipment once it was installed in order to protect the railway and those crossing it.
A spokeswoman for Network Rail said: “To complete this work, we must close the road for safety reasons.
“However, in order to minimise disruption, we will only be carrying out the work – and therefore closing the road – at night.
“The project team is still finalising the work programme for this bridge but it is likely the closure will only be on one night a week over a series of weeks.”
Network Rail proposes to bring the bridge up to a new standard by increasing the height of parapets and installing anti-climb measures to prevent trespass.
Members of South Gloucestershire Council’s development control sites panel had been due to visit the bridge as Yate and Sodbury Voice went to press so they could assess concerns about highway safety and visibility.