Filton Bank Line

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A CrossCountry HST set passes Narroways Junction.

Filton Bank is the name given to a section of the Cross Country Route for rail in Bristol, roughly between Lawrence Hill and Filton Abbey Wood.

Description[edit]

The line runs from Dr Days Junction, just south of Lawrence Hill, to Filton Junction, just north of Filton Abbey Wood, via Narroways Hill Junction. The section is 3 miles 75 chains (6.3 km) long.[1] The bank is largely double track, with sections of triple track around Filton Abbey Wood and from Dr Days Junction to Lawrence Hill.

History[edit]

Narroways Hill Junction in 1976, showing the four tracks and the remains of the Midland Railway's crossing bridge, connecting from Narroways to its main Bristol-Gloucester Line

The line was built by the Bristol and South Wales Union Railway. It was four-tracked until 1984 when it was reduced to double track, with the running lines slewed over to increase line speeds.

Future[edit]

It was announced in July 2012 that Filton Bank will be four-tracked. This will restore the separation between fast and stopping services, increasing capacity on the line, and allowing half-hourly services along the Severn Beach Line.[2] The line will be electrified as part of the Great Western Main Line electrification scheme.[3] In preparation for electrification, the footbridge at Stapleton Road was replaced to give room for overhead cables.[4]

In June 2013 this upgrade was listed in an announcement on national schemes by the Office of Rail Regulation. [5]

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