Network Rail electrification news

BARNT GREEN TO BROMSGROVE ELECTRIFICATION –  ENERGISATION

As part of their ongoing programme to electrify key rail routes across the Central Region Network Rail inform us that a new section of the railway between Birmingham and Gloucester will shortly be electrified.

As of 27 December 2017 the overhead power lines suspended above the track from Barnt Green Junction to Bromsgrove Station will be energised. This will have no effect on rail users or nearby properties going about their legitimate business.

We are all advised to take extra care when in the vicinity of the energised equipment. The overhead line will be energised at 25,000 volts, alternating current at 50Hz frequency. It is extremely dangerous for any person to be in close proximity (9ft) of the equipment, including switch feeds and cables.

There is of course no danger to any persons provided they do not enter onto railway land (and are always more than nine feet from the overhead lines if their property is adjacent to the railway). This includes any tools, plant or materials that may be handled; and encroachment onto Network Rail land or air space could place them in serious danger.

We are also advised of the problems that could arise from the use of cranes, ladders, scaffolding, hose-pipes and the emission into the atmosphere of flammable gases and vapours.

For further information contact  CRNW@networkrail.co.uk. You can also contact their National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.