A new dive-under at Acton, being constructed by Network Rail as part of the Crossrail programme, is now structurally complete and is on schedule to open early next year.
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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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Pupils from St Nicolas Junior School visited the site of the under-construction Boundary Road bridge in Newbury this week (12 July) to see how their artwork was brightening up a temporary footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists and getting across an important safety message to their peers.
Network Rail’s ongoing project to electrify the Great Western Main Line is now taking shape in Bristol, with great progress being made on a number of sites in and around the city.
The new Wantage Road bridge (A338) has officially opened to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists as part of the project to electrify the Great Western Mainline.
Network Rail’s orange army will soon be starting the next phase of work to prepare the Great Western Main Line in the Newbury area for a new fleet of electric trains.
Passenger movement improvement trials to be held at Bristol Temple Meads as part of Railway Upgrade Plan
Trials of additional ticket barriers will take place at Bristol Temple Meads station in the coming weeks as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, with the aim of easing passenger congestion during peak travel times.
Reliability boost for Gloucester residents and passengers as Network Rail to carry out full renewal of level crossing
Passengers and residents in Gloucester will soon benefit from a safer, more reliable level crossing on Horton Road as Network Rail prepares to carry out a full renewal of the crossing’s equipment.
Thames Valley pupils switch on to dangers of railway through Network Rail’s interactive school visits
- Network Rail staff visit local schools to educate young people on the dangers associated with the railways
- Network Rail is upgrading the lines to support the new electric trains which will be used on the Elizabeth Line and the trains on the Great Western route.
- The new Electric Over Head Line system which carries 25,000 volts will be turned on in 2017 across the Thames Valley.
Residents in Truro, Cornwall, will soon benefit from an upgrade to the Saveock bridge as Network Rail prepares to carry out extensive improvement work that will ensure the future of this vital route for motorists into and out of the city centre.