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Vital upgrades in Somerset and Dorset are progressing well

Work in the area of Templecombe that will deliver vital improvements for passengers across Somerset and Dorset has successfully passed the half-way point as Network Rail engineers continue to work around the clock to repair and upgrade the railway following last year’s landslip.

In addition, station and track work at Sherborne and Gillingham in Dorset is also progressing well.

Sherborne station.

At the mid-point of the project, engineers have:

  • Inserted into the slope at Templecombe a number of four metre steel nails reinforced by cement to stop any further movement;
  • Built a 40-metre gabion wall at the bottom of the cutting, adding further protection;
  • Replaced 400 metres of track in the Gillingham area to stabilise the land that sits below the track;
  • Replaced part of the roof at Sherborne stations as well as improving the appearance of both Sherborne and Templecombe stations by removing vegetation, replacing fencing and repainting the buildings.
Templecombe.

Mark Killick, route director at Network Rail Wessex said: “We are at the midpoint of the project and I would like to thank those who needed to travel for their patience while we carry out these works. The team have worked tirelessly to deliver a more reliable railway now and for generations to come.

“If you must travel this week, please wear a face covering and continue to check the latest travel advice.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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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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