Basingstoke Blockade

Network Rail has just completed a 10-day blockade of the railroad lines through Basingstoke, UK in order to move tracks and update signaling. This article describes the challenges of completing this project and organizing alternative transport during the blockade. Since Basingstoke is a major freight and passenger railroad junction, the closure affected tens of thousands of people. The blockade was announced 6 months in advance, allowing passengers time to avoid railroad journeys during the closure. One major railroad provided more than 90 buses to get passenger around the blockade. The project was necessary to move tracks that will allow the line speed across the junction to increase from 15 mph to 25 mph. A total of 270 new signals, 81 points, and 250 km of new cabling was also installed during the blockade. The logistics surrounding the closure appeared to be successful and the project was completed on time. This closure was Network Rail's longest in over 40 years.


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  • Accession Number: 01049752
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 2007 11:11AM