The Severn Tunnel, Bath

28 February, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:00

Venue address:

Buro Happold
230 Lower Bristol Road
Bath
BA2 3DQ
United Kingdom
Electrifying the Severn Tunnel as part of the Great Western Route modernisation.
Electrifying the Severn Tunnel as part of the Great Western Route modernisation.

About this event

Opened in 1886, the Severn Tunnel forms a critical part of the rail network between England and South Wales. Today some 200 freight and passenger services use the tunnel every day.

When built, it presented some significant engineering challenges including the construction of drainage systems and a pumping station following flooding incidents.

After 130 years of service the tunnel is seeing some of its most intensive maintenance to date in order to modernise and electrify the asset as part of the Great Western Route Modernisation.

The talk will explore the original construction of the tunnel and the difficulties faced as well as how the tunnel is maintained and operated. The current modernisation and the electrification of the tunnel will also be touched on.

Speaker: Louise Bungay, Asset Engineer for Network Rail.

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