Friday, 31 March 2017

Huyton Barrier Completed

It looks like all the work on the walls and fencing behind the bus station and the telephone exchange has been completed, clearing the way for the fourth track.  The telephone exchange car park is clean and tidy and ready for use, although I haven't seen any cars in it yet - maybe BT have lost the padlock key?

The next part of the project is new rails and electrification, hopefully most or all will be completed in a September blockade.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Huyton Progress

The first stage of the project to add a fourth track has moved on well.  Behind the telephone exchange the barrier seems complete although I presume railings are to be added on top.  I think the car park will be available once that has been done.

The rear of the bus station is once again in use for turning buses, and the new wall seems complete.  A little finishing off remains to be done.

The encampment in Huyton Hey car park remains in place, presumably it will be the base for the second stage of the project, already under way, which is the railway work - Moving and adding electrification masts and laying new track.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

More Work At Huyton

Things are really moving at Huyton now.  The rear part of the bus station has been closed off, and behind the telephone exchange a small length of the wall has been demolished.
The blocks of local sandstone recovered are neatly stacked, presumably for re-cycling.  (Many old walls locally are built of the same stone, and I've dug up a couple of broken pieces from my own garden.)

According to the knowledgeable gentleman at the recent drop-in event, the closeness of the new line to the telephone exchange building will require a strong barrier in case of derailments, which I must say seems a little over the top to me.  He also advised me that the signalling and track works will be performed during a nine day closure next September.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Huyton Fourth Track - Progress on the Ground

In addition to the erection in Huyton Hey car park of the modern equivalent of the navies' shanty town, some real work has been started along the line:

On Tuesday the area around the telephone exchange echoed to the buzz of chainsaws and the rattle and crash of a wood-chipper, as the vegetation along the fence behind the building was cut down.  Similar work on the rail side of the fence will have to wait for an overnight possession and is currently scheduled for the night of Saturday 22 October from 22:00 until 08:00 Sunday.

Saturday night possessions between 22 October and 27 November will also be used for the installation of a "new protection structure" (Do they mean a wall?) at the telephone exchange.

There is a public drop-in event scheduled for 16:00 - 19:00 on September 29th at the Huyton Suite, for local residents affected by the work.  I might pop in to see if I can glean any more details.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Huyton Fourth Track

Progress of sorts on the project to complete the fourth track through Huyton and Roby:  Signs have gone up at Huyton Hey Car Park announcing that it will be closed from September, for work on the fourth track.  The car park will be used a works site.

For those unfamiliar with the area I'll summarise the work, from west to east:
  • At Roby junction a new turnout will be installed in the Up line, linking it to the new Up Chat Moss Slow.  The existing Up line becomes Up Chat Moss Fast.
  • The fourth line is already in place from Roby Junction to the east end of Huyton station.
  • Immediately east of Huyton station, the new line will run over the pedestrian tunnel, already extended to accommodate it.  
  • Next comes Huyton Telephone exchange.  The LNWR-era stone wall will be demolished and a strip of the car park taken over, to fit the fourth track in.
  • Continuing east, the wall at the back of Huyton Bus Station will also need to go, and a narrow strip of land will be taken.
  • Here, at Huyton Junction, track changes will be necessary (See diagram.) to connect the fourth track into the junction.  This will include removing some track laid in 2014.
Of course, in addition to the above overhead electrification will need to be installed all along the fourth track.  Most of the necessary masts are already in place, but not all.