Platform shaping up at Reservoir

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The new Reservoir Station is taking shape. While trains were not running over the weekend, the Reservoir Level Crossing Removal Project team installed three of 6 steel sections of the new elevated platform.

Each section weighs between 60 and 100 tonnes, and is lifted into place by one of the 2 large cranes on site.

Concrete planks will slot into the steel sections to form the base of the new platform. Once the existing ground-level station reopens on Monday 5 August, the new platform will be like a roof overhead.

Plenty of locals turned up for our viewing event on Saturday to check out the progress and enjoy a treat from Bakers Delight, Reservoir.

There will be a lot more work taking place over the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye on our viewing events page if you’d like to meet some of the team while you watch the progress.

The first of 52 hundred-tonne L-shaped beams has also been lifted in to place as the new Reservoir rail bridge takes shape.

The bridge over High Street will get rid of dangerous and congested level crossing and support the elevated platforms at the new Reservoir Station.

The L-shaped beams, which have 12 tonnes of steel reinforcement inside them, are joined together to make a U-shape, inside which the trains will run.

With the construction of the rail bridge well and truly underway, the next major phase of works will kick off in August with the High Street intersection closed at the level crossing from 9pm Monday 19 August, reopening in late December.

During this intersection closure the project team will undertake intense work that can only be completed while the road is closed, including reconfiguring the road and building 2 185-metre-long steel bridge segments over the intersection.

This level crossing will be gone for good in 2020.

Level Crossing Removal High Street, Reservoir