In 2022 we started installing our replacement pipeline along Woodthorpe Road starting near the Ashford Sports Club and working eastward towards the station.
We have completed installation of trenchless crossings under Church Road (TC040) and the Waterloo to Reading railway line (TC041). Works were completed in late August 2022.
At the end of March 2023, we started open cut installation works on Station Approach and Station Road. These works are estimated to take around three months to complete.
Once we have completed installation, we will be fully reinstating the working area on a like-for-like basis.
During installation in Station Approach and Station Road, you will see:
Public access to Ashford Railway Station will be available throughout installation. Public footpaths along Woodthorpe Road, Station Approach, and Station Road will remain open during installation.
On street parking will be temporarily suspended while we install in Station Approach and Station Road. The parking to the left of the station will be suspended to ensure access to the station is retained.
Pedestrian access will be retained throughout our works and the station car park will remain open. The taxi rank will be closed for the duration of the works in Ashford Town Centre.
Village Way has a number of public parking bays to the north side which will not be impacted by the project.
Emergency access will always be provided as required to support the emergency services.
The project’s Environmental Clerk of Works and arboriculturalist visited working areas to provide specialist advice when any works to trees, such as branch removal, were required.
Works for our trenchless crossings TC040 and TC041 were located away from the root protection areas of the adjacent boundary trees.
We have now completed installation under Church Road. Works were completed in late August, outside of term time.
We have now completed installation under the Waterloo to Reading railway line. Works were completed in late August, outside of term time.
24-hour security for the duration of the works will cover both of the schools and the open cut street section.
We have developed a full reinstatement programme with the schools and are currently undertaking this work.
Reinstatement of the highway will be in accordance with the requirements of the permit scheme and the DCO, which documents how to reinstate within the carriageway and footway. This includes the depth and material specifications to be used within different categories of carriageway.