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Five-day blockade completed at Farncombe to Petersfield on time to delight our customer

Preparing for modern signalling systems at Farncombe to Petersfield

A huge thank you to our One Team Wessex team for safely and successfully completing a blockade between Guildford to Petersfield and working over 100,000 hours around the clock over five days to ensure we reopened the railway line on time for passengers.

The team carried our preparation works to facilitate new modern signalling systems which is part of Network Rail’s Portsmouth upgrade, to renew and replace systems that were originally built in the 1970s.

To set up the track for the new signal cables, the team completed a number of critical under track crossings and installed essential signal foundations. To help reduce carbon emissions the used a vacuum excavator machine for the installations, which also helped to mitigate the risk of damaging any buried services.

To make the most of the line closure our Rail Service team also painted the canopies and cleaned the footbridge at Haselemere Station, creating a brighter and enhanced station for passengers.

These works will help to improve service reliability for passengers for many more years.

We would like to thank everyone involved for helping to complete these vital works.

In just five days the team installed:

  • 22 piles for signal structures
  • 4 concrete bases for signal structures
  • 5 STAKKA boxes
  • 3 concrete REB bases
  • 2 Piled REB bases
  • 1 UTX chamber with a retaining wall
  • 200m of new buried duct route through the platforms
  • 300m of elevated GRP toughing route

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