Local residents have recently been alerted to planned improvement works by Network Rail to extend platforms at Egham station to accommodate 10-couch trains. The work will take place from mid-July 2016 until early 2017 and is part of Network Rail’s 2014-2019 £40 billion Railway Upgrade Plan and £800 million investment in the Wessex Route.
Network Rail have announced that this work will involve additional lighting and extension of the public address system, as well as the removal of some vegetation to minimise the impact on nesting birds.
In response to the concerns of local residents about potential noise disruption during construction, I have made enquiries with National Rail as to how they intend to mitigate the impact of this work and how they will involve local people in their plans.
From such correspondence with officials at Network Rail, I understand that the majority of the work at Egham station will take place during weekdays between the hours of 07.30 and 17.00, which will help to minimise any disruption to residents as far as possible. Although there will be some instances where improvements to the track will necessitate working between 00.00 and 06.00, every effort will be made to carry out the majority of work during daylight hours.
Furthermore, temporary noise barriers will be erected around the site where it is practical and there is space to do so. In addition, the volume levels of additional speakers along the new platform area will be kept low, and the new lighting system to be installed on the platform will use LED lights to minimise light pollution.
There will be a drop-in session at Egham Station on 29th June (time tbc), hosted by Network Rail, so that residents can speak to the project team directly, and I would urge any apprehensive residents to attend and to voice their concerns.