Bristol upgrade ‘biggest ever’

THE MOST significant stage of the Bristol Area Signalling Renewal (BASR) over the Easter bank holiday was Network Rail’s biggest ever, the company says.

Over 500 staff worked to replace 1970s equipment with new digital signalling, with most signals in the Bristol area now controlled from the Thames Valley Signalling Centre at Didcot.

The £130 million of work formed the third stage of a four-stage scheme to entirely resignal Bristol Temple Meads and its surrounding area, valued at a total of £250 million. The final stage will take place next Easter.

The work is combined with the Filton bank four-tracking scheme to increase capacity between Bristol Parkway and Temple Meads.