Filton Bank

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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]

In November 2016 it was announced that electrification on this section of line would be deferred. [6] No new dates were given for this.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deaves, Phil. "Engineers' Line References: BSW: Bristol and South Wales Union Line". Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Green light for long-awaited rail improvements". Bristol Evening Post. Northcliffe Media. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bristol to London line to be electrified". This is Bristol. Northcliffe Media. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "FOSBR Newsletter" (PDF). Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways. April 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/tracking-Filton-Bank-near-approval/story-19269297-detail/story.html
  6. ^ Department for Transport and Paul Maynard MP Paul Maynard MP (8 November 2016). "Rail update: rail investment in the Great Western route - Written statements to Parliament - GOV.UK". Retrieved 8 November 2016. The 4 projects being deferred are:..electrification of Filton Bank