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Successful Christmas engineering works in south London and Sussex

Engineering work on the railway over Christmas and the New Year has delivered vital rail upgrades across Sussex and south London.

On the Brighton main line, work took place to improve the reliability of the vitally important stretch of railway between Croydon and Three Bridges. A set of points was refurbished at Three Bridges on Christmas Day, while two sets of points were refurbished at East Croydon and two at Norwood Junction.

Delays in this key critical section have a major knock on impact on performance across the network.

Foundation work at Gatwick Airport station on platform 5 and 6.

The upgrade of Gatwick Airport station is continuing on schedule, thanks to a major effort over the Christmas period as part of a joint project with Gatwick Airport Ltd, GTR, Coast to Capital LEP and the Department of Transport.

Over Christmas, the final span of the site access bridge across Platforms 3 to 7 was lifted in, which will allow work to continue throughout 2021.

Selsdon Road bridge works.

Strengthening works and piling continued to prepare island Platforms 3 and 4 for the arrival of a new escalator and stairs to improve accessibility around the station

Piling started for the foundations of the island Platforms 5 and 6, which will be widened and new escalators and stairs installed connecting to a brand new station concourse above, and enabling and drainage works for a new Back of House building for Gatwick Airport employees, which is due to open in 2022

Network Rail also replaced two bridge decks over four lines at Selsdon Road bridge near Croydon. Works included the installation of new ballast, sleepers and running rails.

Shaun King, Network Rail’s route director for Sussex, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has worked over the Christmas period, whether out on track, in offices or at home.

“Work to upgrade Gatwick Airport station continued its excellent progress, we installed a new bridge at Selsdon Road, completed vital maintenance and improvements in our golden corridors and responded to a landslip near Ockley, stabilising and protecting 30 metres of embankment to get the railway open again for key passengers. 

“This vital work will help us build back better and more reliable than ever before for our passengers.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com
SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST. A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series. Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.


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