Passengers are set to benefit from smoother, more reliable train journeys as Network Rail upgrade the tracks through Rolleston, Nottinghamshire this February.
Between 9pm on Saturday 11 and 7am on Friday 17 February, engineers will remove and replace the rails, supporting ballast and sleepers through Platform 1 and the neighbouring level crossing at Rolleston station. This essential track upgrade will make sure that trains can run reliably for many years to come.
This track replacement will be followed with work on Saturday nights (only) to renew the level crossing surface. This work will be completed on Sunday 12 March.
When the level crossing is closed (11 to 17 Feb and Saturdays overnight until 12 March) a diversion will be in place over Fiskerton level crossing which will add around five minutes to journey times. People planning to drive through the village should plan their route and check the one.network map for details on the diversions.
Throughout the week (from 5am until 11pm) a temporary walkway will be in place across Rolleston station level crossing and staff will be on site to safely escort people across. Brettles footpath crossing will remain open throughout the work for pedestrians.
To allow teams to safely upgrade the track, buses will replace trains between Newark and Nottingham on Sunday 12 February. Please check with National Rail or with East Midlands Railway before travelling.
Anybody travelling to Southwell races on Sunday 12 February should leave the replacement bus service at Fiskerton station where a minibus will be available.
Gary Walsh, East Midlands Route Director for Network Rail said: “We’re sorry for the impact our work will have on people travelling through Rolleston. We’ve worked with Nottinghamshire Country Council to put diversions in place so that people can still get to where they need to be, but journeys are likely to take longer so please plan ahead.
“Upgrading the tracks through the station and the level crossing will ultimately improve reliability for both train passengers and drivers in the village.”
Neil Grabham, Customer Services Director for EMR said: “We are asking any customers travelling between Nottingham and Newark Castle on Sunday 12 February to allow extra time to complete their journeys as a rail replacement bus will be in place throughout the day.
“We would like to thank our customers for their patience whilst Network Rail improve the track around Rolleston.”
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