Wantange and Grove Campaign Group (WAGCG)
Electrification of the Great Western Main Line affects our Roads

 

The following is a summary of the current information from Network Rail (19 February 2015) which is, of course, subject to change as consultations with the County continue. Pdf status report from Network Rail, We also have a copy of the Fact Sheet about the A338 works which was available at the recent session about the bridge at the Volunteer.

Update re Steventon Bridge:

THE demolition of the grade-II listed railway bridge and village high street has been put on hold.

 

A417 at Challow Station re-opened on time - normal service has been resumed on the A417!

 

Update re the possibility of re-opening Grove Station from Network Rail:

"we are aware of third party aspirations to reopen the station at Grove. As part of our planning for the Electrification project and other infrastructure enhancements, we endeavour to take into consideration such future aspirations to ensure that our works do not preclude the feasibility for these ambitions to be realised."

 

A338 by the Volunteer Pub

Network Rail are planning to build a new bridge just to the east of the existing bridge. Major work will probably start in March 2015 and continue to Autumn 2015. Road closures are likely to be limited to overnight and weekends during the summer and are most likely to take place as the work comes to completion. No information is currently available about any potential impact on the possibility of reopening Grove Station in the future.

See the the Fact Sheet about the A338 works.

According to Network Rail
"Following discussions with Oxfordshire County Council on Tuesday 20th May 2014, Network Rail put forward a proposal for the road bridge to remain open to traffic during the work. The new bridge will be built off-site, keeping disruption to a minimum. The work will begin in November 2014 and is scheduled to be complete by summer 2015.

According to our County Councillor (Zoe Patrick)
"The A338 is not going to be closed for long periods of time we have been assured because the bridge work is going to be done both off-site and alongside the current bridge. Any road closures are expected to be done either overnight or weekends to cause the minimum of disruption. We will find out more nearer the time when NR are planning to hold drop-in sessions locally for residents 6 weeks before the scheduled work takes place."
"The beams (spanning the railway line) for the new bridge is very likely to be manufactured off site (could be concrete or steel and not sure at this stage as the detailed design have yet to be completed) but these will be transported to the site and lifted onto the new bridge abutments which will be adjacent to existing (slightly East of existing). The new deck will then be cast with concrete and then topped with a new tarmac for the road surface. In broad terms these will be the sequence of activities with approach embankments re-aligned to the new bridge."

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A417 at Challow Station

This bridge has now been replaced and the road reopened.

 

Steventon Bridge

The demolition of the grade-II listed railway bridge and village high street has been put on hold after a meeting with Ed Vaizey and Oxfordshire County Council officers. Network Rail are continuing to review the scheme proposals for Steventon High Street and looking again at the implications of an alternative to reconstruction, with particular regard to the implications on the operational railway. We wonder if it had anything to do with our letter to Mr Vaizey?

 

Circourt Bridge

Network Rail do not need to reconstruct this bridge although parapet works are planned for later in the year. We don’t have specific dates at the moment.

 

Denchworth Road Bridge

Some environmental preparatory work planned to start Feb / March 2015. The main works planned for late 2015 to jack up the bridge are under review.

 

Hanney Bridge

This track is used by walkers, horse riders and local farmer mainly during summer months. Ground investigation surveys planned for January 2015. Some environmental preparatory work planned to start Feb / March 2015
Main works planned for late 2015 (under review)

 

Uffington Bridge

Bridge was successfully raised over Christmas 2014. Works ongoing to tie in the bridge to the road and embankment stabilisation works progressing well.

 

Network Rail will be holding drop in sessions prior to each closure to answer questions and details will be posted here when information becomes available.

 

Electrifying the Great Western will improve one of Britainís busiest and oldest railways, better connecting major towns and cities across southern England and South Wales. It will make journeys smoother and more comfortable for passengers as well as quieter for people living near the railway.

The Highways Department have stated that in theLocal Transport Plan 2011-2030that "The strategically important local roads located within the Science Vale UK area are the A338, A4130, A417 and A4185 and they provide vital north–south and east–west links between Didcot, Wantage & Grove and the employment sites. Traffic growth in the area is generally higher than the national average and, as a sign of the areas growing success, some key gateway locations are already experiencing congestion."

 

Wantage and Grove Map

When asked about the possibility of reopening Grove station, Network Rail said:

"we are aware of third party aspirations to reopen the station at Grove. As part of our planning for the Electrification project and other infrastructure enhancements, we endeavour to take into consideration such future aspirations to ensure that our works do not preclude the feasibility for these ambitions to be realised."

 
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