Network Rail Infrastructure Limited has awarded Taylor Woodrow a £33m contract to increase the rail capacity from two tracks to four between Dr Day’s Junction to Filton Abbey Wood Station in Bristol.
As well as doubling the capacity of the rail line, the three year contract includes the replacement or enhancement of 17 structures along the 15km route, including four bridge reconstructions for electrification clearance and the refurbishment of two stations.
The scheme will greatly improve the capacity of Network Rail’s operations in the area.
Cllr Brian Allinson, Chair of the West of England Joint Transport Board and transport member for South Gloucestershire, said:
“This four tracking is vital for our MetroWest plans to improve the local rail services and it’s a real milestone getting it started. The rail improvements, along with MetroBus, will provide so many more options for moving around and demonstrating to investors we are serious about investing locally.”
Richard Hogg, Project Director from Taylor Woodrow, said:
“This scheme is essential to deliver Network Rail’s vision of improving the Great Western Railway Network to help boost the local economy and will enable passengers to commute more easily around the Bristol area.
The improvements to the infrastructure will make rail transport even more efficient and help reduce journey times; we are greatly looking forward to working with Network Rail on this important scheme.”