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Network Rail Improvement Work Nearing Completion

Work is progressing well on the railway improvements projects being carried out by Network Rail on a section of the Great Western Rail route between Langport and Castle Cary. The work consists of two phases:

  • Work to strengthen the embankment at two locations
  • Maintenance work on the Bridge over Somerton Road

The work is planned to last until the end of March, with some disruption to traffic flow through the town.

Progress so far

The work is going on well and Langport residents appreciate it is important for the maintenance work to go ahead. Although there have been disruptions to traffic through the town, Network Rail staff make every effort to reduce the impact on residents and visitors.

Drivers experienced delays and gridlocked traffic during the early stages of the project which involved bringing cranes and construction material onto the site. Traffic management has improved with the occasional aggregate lorry coming in and leaving the site through the day.

The work involves high noise levels, especially when driving the piles into the ground. However, it is worth noting the work does not go ahead late into the night, which is a relief to the community.

School Outreach

It is worth noting the effort Network Rail have made to keep community relations sweet by visiting the local primary school to talk to kids about the construction site safety. They also brought along some branded plastic water bottles which were handed out to the kids. This was a timely gesture during a time when the Coronavirus outbreak meant the use of the communal water fountains was being discouraged. I will leave a discussion of single-use plastic to another time.

Share your thoughts

How has the railway construction work affected you? Do you have any comments about the work and the disruption this has caused to the town? Please feel free to share any thoughts or comments below. You can find out more about the projects by visiting the Network Rail website.