A major programme of work to modernise the Great Western Mainline this Easter will see platforms at Bath Spa station widened in preparation for longer trains providing over a fifth more seats for passengers.
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.
Latest news for this region
- Network Rail successfully electrifies 12 miles of railway from Maidenhead to Stockley Junction as part of the Crossrail project
- New electric infrastructure in the Thames Valley allows for the introduction of new Great Western Railway (GWR) trains in May and the Elizabeth line from 2019
- Click here to download images of the work; click here to view a short video
Residents living near Roman Road bridge in Swindon have been invited to a drop-in event to find out more about upcoming work to prepare the Great Western Main Line for electrification. This forms part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers.
Residents of Oxford have been invited to find out more about upcoming work to improve the movement of trains and passengers through the area.
The final stage of work to clear vegetation near the railway between Penryn and Falmouth is set to take place later this month, completing a six-month period of work to make the railway safer and more efficient.
Residents living near Bristol Parkway station have been invited to a drop-in event to find out more about upcoming work to prepare the Great Western Main Line for electrification as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers.
Industry collaboration sees Southall’s Merrick Road footbridge moved to new home at Didcot Railway Centre
After two years in the planning, Network Rail, its principal contractor Taylor Woodrow and their subcontractor Murphy, successfully dismantled the remaining spans of Southall’s iconic Merrick Road footbridge, preparing it for its new life at Didcot Railway Centre.
Residents near Fox Park in Easton, Bristol, have been invited to a drop-in event next Monday to find out more about upcoming works to upgrade the Stapleton Road viaduct.
Residents and passengers in Cornwall are reminded that a level crossing in Lostwithiel will temporarily close from Friday as Network Rail continues to deliver its Railway Upgrade Plan.
Residents of Bath are invited to a drop-in session this week to find out more about upcoming modernisation works at Bath Spa station as Network Rail continues to deliver its Railway Upgrade Plan.