Passenger journeys from Bristol will be transformed from next year with more frequent services to London, quicker journeys and more seats per train.
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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Network Rail is working with Corsham Town Council and Wiltshire Council in a bid to stop fly tipping at the Potley Lane aqueduct in Corsham.
Residents in Cornwall are invited to a series of drop-in events next week to learn more about Network Rail’s Cornwall Capacity Enabling Scheme, which will deliver more seats and more reliable journeys for rail passengers.
Passengers in Berkshire and Oxfordshire will benefit from more seats and better journeys as Network Rail delivered electrification to Didcot on December 27 as part of their Railway Upgrade Plan.
- Network Rail will be investing £160m in improving and upgrading the rail network over the Christmas period including largest ever signal data upgrade at Paddington.
- Passengers travelling from the west are advised to plan ahead as upgrade work means Paddington will have no train services running between December 24 and 27 inclusive (London underground services are unaffected)
- A reduced service to and from London Paddington will then be in operation from 28 December to 1 January inclusive
Residents of Oxford have been invited to a drop-in event next week ahead of work which will enable capacity improvements and reliability through the city as part of Network Rail’s Oxford Corridor railway upgrade scheme.
Railway employee who prevented a man from taking his life encourages others to do the same with small talk
The quick actions of a Network Rail worker prevented a distressed man from taking his life in Slough and now he is supporting a new campaign that encourages others to look out for fellow passengers.
Electrification to Bristol Parkway continues in November which means motorway will be closed overnight at weekends
Electrification to Bristol Parkway continues to progress as Network Rail will be upgrading the railway over the M4 motorway near junction 19 on successive weekends in November, as they install the overhead line equipment needed to run electric train services.
Thousands of rail passengers in the West Country will suffer hours of delays and cancellations in the next month as 'bridge-strikes' - when a lorry that's too big hits a low bridge - reach their peak, with new figures revealing that at this time of year there are more incidents than any other time of year.
Campaign launched to reduce bridge strikes which cause delays for rail passengers in the Thames Valley
Thousands of rail passengers in the Thames Valley will suffer hours of delays and cancellations in the next month as 'bridge-strikes' - when a lorry that's too big hits a low bridge - reach their peak, with new figures revealing that at this time of year there are more incidents than any other time of year.