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Tube Lines renews 763m of Piccadilly Line track over bank holiday weekend

The work was carried out over 76-hours between Park Royal and North Ealing stations on the east bound track. The work ended early this morning in time for the start of the morning services.
This time last year, Tube Lines replaced a record breaking 1,066 metres of westbound track between Park Royal and North Ealing and so now passengers will benefit from a much more reliable and smoother journey in both directions on this stretch of track. Old wooden sleepers, traditional bullhead rail and limestone ballast was replaced with granite ballast, concrete sleepers and flat bottom rail welded into continuous stretches. This new track formation delivers smoother, quieter ride journeys for passengers. Measurements taken at other sites indicate that noise is reduced by as much 10dB. Track replacement is amongst the most difficult and time critical work that can be undertaken on the Underground and over the years Tube Lines has more than doubled the amount of track that can be replaced over a 52-hour weekend. Speaking about the work, Paul Watson, Delivery Manager, Tube Lines, said:'We had teams of about 80 people working each shift, removing and replacing 800m of rail, 2250 tonnes of dig and ballast and 1100 sleepers. In engineering terms this is extremely challenging. However, now passengers using those stretches of high quality track are benefiting from a more comfortable and reliable journey. This project's success was thanks to the meticulous planning of the team. 'The weekend closure will have caused some temporary disruption to passengers - we thank them for their patience during this time and want to offer our reassurance that we made the most of the weekend closure to pack in as much improvement work as possible.' bernadette.redfern@emap.com

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