Bayswater Community Zone
With the tunnel boring machines out of the way, the team has been able to resume work on the portal building located above the tunnel entry and exit. The floating slab above the dive structure has been constructed, and steel and brick structures for the walls are already visible at ground level. Underneath the building sealing rings are being installed to both tunnels, ensuring the structures are waterproof.
Earthworks to prepare for the installation of rail at the western end of site has commenced in April. Some compaction work is required and as a result intermittent vibration may be experienced by nearby residents. The first few masts for the overhead line equipment have been erected, with more to be installed in the coming months. The masts outline the final location of the temporarily shifted Midland Line tracks, with city-bound trains to be rerouted across the dive structure.
Early works have commenced on sections of the principal shared path (PSP) alongside Whatley Crescent. This includes earthmoving and installation of services. Keen observers may notice light poles being installed along the path within the construction site boundary. The remaining panels for the noise wall have recently been placed.
The section of the PSP located within the construction boundary will remain closed until the project is completed, with the current diversion along Whatley Crescent staying active. While work and heavy vehicle movement is still ongoing, this is the safest option for cyclists and pedestrians.
Some night works will be required later this year to prepare for track laying. This will be followed by a weekend shutdown of the Midland Line to enable footings for overhead line equipment masts to be constructed in the vicinity of the active rail. Residents and passengers will be notified of these works in advance.