By Elaine Goodwin
The Railway Path (path 2 on the map shown) from the Bridleway to the Brooklands/Highbanks junction at Pierces Wood has been closed due to Network Rail drainage works. The works involve constructing a new drainage tunnel along the west side of the railway within the Ashenground Woods area, in order to stop the flooding of the track which occurs in heavy rainfall.
The main access route to the site is via Ashenground Bridge which will remain open during the works but for safety reasons will be temporarily closed to the public when deliveries arrive. Work is being carried out on site daily between the hours of 7am and 7pm. During the eight day railway line closure, between Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd February, the works will be carried out 24 hours a day.
As part of the works a number of trees have been removed on the South Railway Shaw (marked as 10 on the map). The trees will be replaced with saplings after works are completed in June 2019.
Contact Network Rail with any questions or concerns on their 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.