South Wales Main Line Electrification Newport Area

 

Original Schedule Key Dates

 

 

On the 23rd July 2009 the then Labour Government stated that, "work will begin immediately on the electrification of the Great Western Main Line between London, Reading, Oxford, Newbury, Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea, to be completed within eight years" (2016/2017).

After the 2010 UK general election in May 2010, the coalition Conservative/Liberal Democrat alliance placed all major government capital expenditure, including the Great Western electrification scheme on hold pending a return-on-investment review. In November 2010, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond gave the go-ahead for the lines from Oxford via Didcot to London and Newbury to London to be electrified in the next six years. Extension from Didcot to Swindon, Bath, Bristol and to South Wales would be dependent on a further assessment due in 2011 of the costs and implementation requirements of the Intercity Express Programme.

On 1 March 2011, transport secretary Philip Hammond announced that rail electrification from Didcot Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff Central would go ahead. The section linking Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads would also be electrified.

 

In July 2012, the UK Government announced that the final portion of the Great Western from Cardiff to Swansea would be electrified.

So when will the wires appear?

There have been a number of timescales reported in various publications: Here are two reported schedules:

1) Initial plan is that the GWML would be electrified to Bristol by 2016, and extended to Cardiff by 2017.

2) The plan had been to get wires to Oxford, Newbury and Bristol Parkway by 2016, to Bath and Bristol Temple Meads by 2017, and to Cardiff and Swansea by 2018

 

 

 

 

Bridge and other Infra-Structure Works

 

As part of our plan to electrify the South Wales Mainline, there have are a number of Key Engineering Projects in the Newport area , mainly a number of bridgesthat will require modification as they are too low to accommodate the overhead wires or need to be upgraded due to Safety issues.

The following is a list of the known work with a reference to the document Map of bridge works in Newport released by Network Rail to communicate the tasks that were to happen.

For information the document relating to the adjoining area of Monmouthshire can be found here

 

 

STATUS : 3rd Jan 2016

 

Not Started

 

IN PROGRESS

 

Completed

 

NR Document

Ref No

Structure

Planned works

Proposed start date

Proposed end date

Additional information

1

Somerton Road Bridge

Reconstruction

September 2015

May 2016

The bridge will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians in November 2015 (and will remain closed until Spring 2016). An appropriate diversion is in place for road traffic and a temporary footbridge has been installed directly to the east of the bridge to maintain access for pedestrians.

2

Chepstow Road Rail Bridge

Minor works

February 2016

Spring 2016

 

River Usk Bridge

Electrification Mast erection

3

Newport Station Footbridge

Demolition

May 2016

May 2016

The redundant footbridge will be removed.

4

Bridge Street Road Bridge

Reconstruction

Summer 2016

Late 2016

We expect the road will be closed for approximately six months (exact dates TBC). An appropriate diversion will be in place for road traffic and pedestrian access will be diverted over the neighbouring Tunnel Terrace footbridge.

5

Tunnel Terrace Footbridge

Reconstruction / Jacking

TBC

TBC

 

6

Newport Old Tunnel

 

TBC

TBC

 

7

Cardiff Road Bridge (Oaks)

Reconstruction

November 2015

May 2016

We expect the road will remain open to traffic (and pedestrians) during the work but with single lane traffic only and traffic calming measures in place.

18

Cardiff Road Bridge

(AD Bridge)

Demolition

December 2014

December 2014

 

9

Maesglas Road Bridge

Reconstruction

Late 2016

2017

 

10

Cuckoo Road Bridge

Reconstruction

November 2015

April 2016

 

Lighthouse Road

Reconstruction

November 2012

April 2013

 

11

Maerdy Farm Road Bridge

Reconstruction

November 2015

April 2016

 

12

Hawse Lane Road Bridge

Reconstruction

TBC

TBC

 

13

Summerway Road Bridge

Reconstruction

June 2016

Early 2017

 

14

Green Lane / Heol Las Road Bridge

Reconstruction

Summer 2016

Spring 2017

 

 

 

 

Actual Events Key Dates

This list the actual dates when key events both locally and nationally occurred during the project.

 

Date

Location

Event

1st & 3rd Jan 2016

Somerton Road Bridge

Partd for new Bridge Deck lifted into position

26th Dec 2015

Somerton Road Bridge

New Pier Supports lifed into place

25th Dec 2015

Cuckoo Road Bridge

Demolished

25th/26th Dec 2015

Somerton Road Bridge

Demolished

25th/26th Dec 2015

Cardiff Road Bridge (Oaks)

Westbound Bridge Deck removed

Dec 2015

Cuckoo Road Bridge

Bridge Closed

1st Dec 2015

Somerton Road Bridge

Bridge Closed to pedestrians. Pedestrian access via temporary footbridge

1st Nov 2015

Cardiff Road Bridge (Oaks)

Westbound Lane closed, Single file traffic on eastbound side

1st Nov 2015

Somerton Road Bridge

Bridge Closed to vehicles

12th March 2015

First Hitachi IEP train arrives in UK from Japan

25th Dec 2014

Cardiff Road Bridge (ADR)

Removal of old Alexander Dock Railway Bridge

22nd Apr 2013

Lighthouse Road

Reopened to traffic

12th Nov 2012

Lighthouse Road

Closed to all traffic

 

 

 

Images of Work Progress

The following shows images of the changes and includes before and after images and Work in Progress Images. You can click on the following links to go to the relevant sections:

        Somerton Road Bridge

        Cardiff Road Bridge (Oaks)

        Cardiff Road Bridge (ADR)

        Cuckoo Road Bridge

        Lighthouse Road Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

Somerton Road Bridge

Some images of Somerton Road Bridge when in use in early 2015.

 

These images were taken on 13th December 2015, following closure and prior to demolition and are taken from the temporary footbridge diversion that was in place. What is noticeable is where work has been done on the Northern and Centre supports on the parts that are to remain while the site is prepared for the construction of a new southern supporting pier.

 

On the 24th December 2015 it can be seen that the new Southern support is completed. This was last view of everything as it was prior to work commencing on the site at 23:00. All of which had to be done in a 56 Hour window

 

At around 12:00 on the 25th - 13 Hours into the work the following has been undertaken.

        Protective track cover in place

        Road surface removed from bridge

        Removal of embankment on approach to Northern side of Bridge

 

At around 18:00 on the 25th - 19 Hours into the work the following has been completed since earlier.

        Northern Bridge removed

        Northern Approach Embankment removed

        Northern Pier reduced to new height

 

At 09:00 on the 26th - 34 Hours into the work the following has been undertaken since the previous evening.

        Southern Bridge removed

        Southern Approach embankment cut back

        Centre Pier reduced in height

        First section of new support in place on Northern Pier

        Track protective cover being removed

 

At 17:00 on the 26th - 42 Hours into the work the following has been undertaken since earlier that day.

        Protective track cover completely removed

        New Northern pier supports all in place

        Preparation for placement of new supports on Centre Pier

 

At 12:00 on the 27th and the line had been opened on schedule and the following are seen.

        New Centre Pier Support in place

        New Southern Pier Support in place

 

On New Years Eve (31st) the first cross members of the new bridge were lifted into place during an eight hour period.

 

On the night of the 2nd/3rd the remaining sections of the bridge were lifted into place. The difference in height of the old road way and new bridge are visible in the image below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardiff Road Bridge (Oaks)

 

Some images of Cardiff Road Bridge taken from Google street view showing what I looked like prior to work commencing.

 

 

 

 

A view that shows the single file traffic arrangement that was in place while the first the stage to replace the Westbound carriageway bridge was undertaken.

 

 

 

 

A view that shows the two styles of bridge which makes up the bridge on Cardiff Road. A typical girder style bridge on the left with a more traditional style stone bridge on the right.

 

 

 

 

Three views that show the initial construction work that was being undertaken to construct the supports for the new bridge deck. These have been located behind the line of the original bridges retaining walls.

 

 

 

 

The following images show the progress at around 12:00 on 25th December 13 hours into the progress to remove the bridges.

The stone bridge has been removed and the work is currently on removing the steel bridge where the exposed steel girders can be seen.

 

 

 

 

By 09:00 on the 26th 34 Hours into the work both Bridges had been removed and work was underway to demolish and remove completely the centre bridge support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardiff Road Bridge (ADR)

 

Running Parallel to Cardiff Road Railway Bridge was another Railway briadge that use to carry the railway lines from the Western Valleys across the main line to what was known as the Monmouthshire Bank railway sidings and provided access to Newport Docks. This bridge had been redundant for at least 35 years and was finally removed on Christmas Day (25th December) 2014. The image below shows the removal in progress of the side members of the bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuckoo Road Bridge

 

Cuckoo Road Bridge is also known as Pheasants Curve Bridge and is a dirt track road down to a farm and the sea wall near the Mouth of the River Ebbw and has been very popular with Railway photographers over the years. The image below was taken in early 2015 when a steam special to Cardiff is seen passing underneath the bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bridge was removed on Christmas Day 25th December 2015. This is the view from the Lighthouse Road Bridge on the 26th showing the gap where the bridge was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse Road Bridge

 

A view from Google Streetview of the bridge prior to replacement

 

 

 

 

 

 

The replacement bridge seen from Cuckoo Road Bridge looking towards Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page Updated: 3-Jan-2016