Filton councillor Roger Hutchinson has been speaking up for Wallscourt Court Road South residents affected by works on a Filton railway line following the Conservative Government’s announcement of a delay to its electrification.
The Filton cul de sac is being used as the access route for lorries to reach the railway track, and rail authorities have taken down fences and removed trees and foliage from the area and along the track to carry out work to double the number of tracks to four. The ‘four tracking’ work is being carried out between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, and will allow for the later electrification of the line. However, earlier this week the Government announced that the electrification project is being delayed.
Speaking at the council’s Environment and Communities Committee yesterday, Councillor Hutchinson urged council officials to apply pressure on the government and rail chiefs to communicate with residents as a matter of urgency about the implications of the announcement, and repair any unnecessary damage caused by the current work.
Councillor Hutchinson says:
“Wallscourt Court Road South residents have suffered great disruption due to their road being turned into a lorry access route. Now the government is delaying the planned electrification work on the new track, and local people are angry and unclear whether the disruption will continue as planned and has been worth the trouble. The government and rail company must do all they can to remedy any unnecessary disruption, and if necessary compensate those directly affected.”