User group wins industry support for Ashchurch track and station improvements

INDUSTRY support is growing for alterations to the track and station layout at Ashchurch enabling Tewkesbury station in Gloucestershire to increase flexibility, reliability and capacity.

Giving some idea of how busy the line through Ashchurch can be, GBRf No. 66751 waits in the Down loop with a Gascoigne Wood to Portbury Coal Terminal potash train as a Leeds to Plymouth CrossCountry HST crosses a Cardiff to Manchester ‘Voyager’ on June 6, 2016. JOHN STRETTON

The Ashchurch, Tewkesbury & District Rail Promotion Group (AT&DRPG) is proposing an extension of the Down goods loop to join sidings behind the station and upgrading the loop to bi-directional passenger standards, plus the addition of a third platform face on the loop line.

The group also suggests that two current crossovers south of the station should be relocated to the north and south of the platforms to allow trains from either direction access to the improved loop.

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According to AT&DRPG spokesman John Stretton, the proposal has support from 20 organisations, including local authorities and freight operators DB Cargo and GB Railfreight, and the Rail Delivery Group.

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