Railway Improvement Work – Ashtead – Track Renewal (Update)

The Residents' Association has been in dialogue with Network Rail regarding their proposed work to lay a new track bed through the station and the Level Crossing between Friday 4th September 2020 and Monday 7th September 2020. Residents might recall similar work to lay a new track bed on the down side of the platform a few years ago. This work will replace the rotten wooden sleepers on the upside and also those on the Level Crossing affected by weather, salt etc.

A letter is being sent to all residents in Ashtead shown on the map: -

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The letter being sent to residents is reproduced here:-

Dear neighbour,

Railway Improvement Work – Ashtead – Track Renewal

I’m writing to let you know Network Rail and our track alliance partners Colas will be carrying out essential work near your property during September and October 2020.

We’ll be re-laying the track (Platform 1 side) through Ashtead Station and Ashtead Level Crossing using engineering trains and on track machinery. Most of our work will be overnight with minimal disruption. However, we’ll be working continuously from 2200 Friday 4 September to 0500 Monday 7 September. Keeping the level crossing open throughout this period will not be possible due to the work involved.

The level crossing will be closed during the following times:

Date Time
Friday 4 September 2020 to Saturday 5 September 2020 22.00 to 12.00 (midday)
Saturday 5 September 2020 to Sunday 6 September 2020 22.00 to 08.00
Sunday 6 September 2020 to Monday 7 September 2020 22.00 to 05.00


When the level crossing is open on the 5 & 6 September this will be for single file traffic on a temporary road surface controlled by temporary traffic lights.

Our team have been in regular conversation with the Ashtead Residents' Association and we’re aware the disruption these closure windows may cause. We’re working to reduce the closure windows further to keep the disruption to all Ashtead residents to a minimum.

We’ve been talking to our partners in the emergency services to ensure emergency vehicle access over the level crossing can always be maintained and we’re also working to ensure there is sufficient parking for residents ** (near the station footbridge) and suitable onward transport home on the north side of the crossing during the level crossing closures. A further update with more detail will follow in the coming weeks.

Further communication will follow, but if anyone has any immediate questions or concerns then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from the Ashtead Residents Association who will collate responses for our project team. Alternatively, you can telephone phone the Network Rail 24-Hour Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 quoting Ashtead Track Renewal (level crossing closure).

Yours sincerely

Community Relations, Wessex route

** Since sending this letter the ARA has met with a representative of Network Rail. As a result of this discussion, Network Rail have liasied with GTR (Station and Car Park owners) and for the duration of the work (Friday 4th September to Monday 7th September) the car park is being handed over to Network Rail and the ANPR parking system disabled. There will be no need for residents to advise Network Rail of their registration numbers. Part of ther car park will be used by Network Rail vehicles and their contractors, but there will be 120 spaces available for residents if they wish to use the car park during the ongoing works.

Residents may have further questions and we will be publishing a list of FAQs shortly. Please wait until these are published before raising any queries as they may have already been answered in the FAQs.