Network Rail is holding a series of community drop-in sessions this autumn to update residents and the local community on its ongoing work to improve resilience of the railway between Dawlish and Teignmouth in Devon.
Network Rail’s Western route includes the Great Western Main Line and its branches, covering the route from London Paddington to Penzance, through Bristol and onto Pilning, up to the boundaries with Wales, Worcester and Basingstoke. The route operates and maintains over 900 miles of track, enabling the running of over 2,000 services a day. Train operators in the route include Great Western Railway, South West Trains, CrossCountry, Chiltern Railways, Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express.
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Passengers in Bristol are to benefit from more seats, quicker journey times and more frequent trains from next year, as Network Rail makes progress on the delivery of electrification to Bristol Parkway.
Paddington Station 24/7 – Lorry driver causes chaos by ignoring warning signals at busy level crossing
Motorists cause numerous delays to passengers owing to the misuse of level crossings, with over 2,000 incidents each year, as highlighted in this week’s episode of Paddington Station 24/7.
Paddington Station 24/7 – Engineers race against the clock to fix vital piece of equipment as rush hour on the rails rapidly approaches
The second series of behind the scenes documentary Paddington Station 24/7 continues on Monday 8 October, with engineers working against the clock to fix a vital piece of electrification equipment near Maidenhead which is causing disruptions across the network.
Want to see how a level crossing works? Come along to Colthrop signal box on Wednesday 10 October for an exciting glimpse into life on the railway
Members of the public are invited to attend an open day at Colthrop level crossing near Thatcham in Berkshire on Wednesday 10 October between 10am and 3pm, where they will be able to meet railway workers from across the industry, including the team who work at the crossing and signal box, as part of Rail Week.
Paddington Station 24/7 – Officers from the British Transport Police launch special operation in the capital with the help of Network Rail colleagues
The second series of behind the scenes documentary Paddington Station 24/7 continues on Monday 1 October as the British Transport Police launch a special operation in the capital, with officers patrolling Paddington Station on the look out for anything suspicious.
Work has started on the creation of two new entrances at Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station to allow for faster and easier access into and out of the station, with the equipment now in place and ready for extensive testing to take place throughout the autumn.
Completion of bridge work marks milestone in the project to double the number of tracks into Bristol Temple Meads
Network Rail completed work to strengthen St Mark’s road bridge in Bristol last month, as part of the project to double the number of railway lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood stations. The tracks are being doubled to enable an increase in trains from 2019 to help meet growing demand.
The second series of behind the scenes documentary Paddington Station 24/7 continues on Monday 24 September as temperatures soar during a heat wave across the Western route.
Paddington Station 24/7 – Trains put on hold as man runs a mile along track after ducking ticket gates
The second series of the behind the scenes documentary Paddington Station 24/7 continues on Monday 17 September, as trains in and out of the station are put on hold when a trespasser is seen running along the tracks.