Apply for money to electrify the railway to Portishead
PILL and Easton-in Gordano Parish Council is urging people affected by noise from freight trains using the line to Royal Portbury Dock to ensure they report any disturbance to Network Rail and Bristol Port Authority.
Well I can offer them a permanent solution to this problem. And it is this. When the electrification gangs arrive in the Greater Bristol area working on the Great Western main line they need to be given the go ahead to electrify the line to Royal Portbury Dock as well.
That will ensure that trains along this line will be hauled or powered by electric engines which are far quieter.
Network Rail have gone along the line with track machines which means that trains have a smoother and consequently a quieter ride.
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But what is the condition of the rails? Are they worn out or old? I wonder because rails are made of carbon steel and when they get old they lose porosity and make more noise as trains pass over them.
The freight company could help by putting quieter trains on this spur to the docks.
And Network Rail could plant some trees beside the line to act as a natural barrier.
But in the longer term the Department for Transport wants railway lines to major ports to be electrified.
The West of England Partnership should apply for funding to electrify the Portishead line to Royal Portbury Dock and on to Portishead.
Have North Somerset Council asked the DFT for funding to have the Portishead line electrified? Or has the transport minister been approached by local MP Liam Fox MP to put up money to electrify the line?
In 2003 £20 million was spent on the line to Royal Portbury Dock before it was reopened.
Soon afterwards drainage problems were discovered in Pill tunnel and Pill station and emergency speed restrictions were imposed.
I understand these problems in Pill tunnel have now been sorted out. But what about Pill station?
I hope this issue will be sorted out before the line re-opens to passenger trains in 2018.
Pill station also needs to be cleaned up.
Parts of it are like a council tip and there are bottles and beer cans thrown on to the track.
Rail Maritime and Transport Union, Bristol
Written in a personal capacity.