A manual signalling measure is now in place to enable a limited number of trains to be ‘talked past’ Bridgwater, whilst engineers continue their efforts in designing a long-term solution to boost the resilience of the railway.
Patrick Hallgate, route managing director, Network Rail Western said: “We are determined to get passengers on the move again. Although the temporary measure allows a small number of services to run, it will significantly help reduce disruptions until a sustainable solution is in place to battle against extreme weather.”
Whilst the damage to the ballast, track and embankment is limited, the 2 mile signalling system in the area is unfortunately destroyed by the prolonged exposure to flood water and extensive work will be needed.
A series of assessments have been carried out since the infrastructure on the railway began to emerge and this include train proofing being carried out using ballast train and detailed visual inspections to structures, culverts and embankments.