Thousands of rail passengers in Wiltshire 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.
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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Residents of Reading are reminded that Cow Lane will be closed to traffic this weekend to allow Network Rail to remove the old bridge as part of work to improve traffic flow and safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
A Network Rail worker who fondly refers to London Paddington Station as his “mansion” will return in the final episode of popular behind the scenes documentary Paddington Station 24/7.
Documentary series continues as engineers race against the clock to remove derailed train at London Paddington and repair track
A member of Network Rail’s Orange Army will feature in the seventh episode of behind the scenes documentary Paddington Station 24/7 as she leads a team of engineers who face the challenge of getting a derailed train back onto the track at London Paddington as quickly as possible to minimise disruption.
A Network Rail worker who was in the control room hot seat on a day that the emergency phone rang several times causing disruption across the Great Western Mainline will feature in the sixth episode of behind the scenes documentary Paddington Station 24/7.
London Paddington’s station manager will feature in the next episode of Channel 5 behind the scenes documentary, Paddington 24/7, as Her Majesty The Queen arrives at the station to mark the 175th anniversary of the first ever rail journey made by a monarch.
Bristol residents invited to information events as next phase of railway upgrade work set to commence
Residents of Bristol have been invited to attend public drop-in events in the coming weeks to find out more about upcoming work to deliver the next phase of the Filton Bank Four Tracking project, which will enable an increase in train services and reduce disruption from maintenance.
Documentary series continues as railway engineers face task of repairing track into London in just four hours
A member of Network Rail’s Orange Army will feature in the fourth episode of behind the scenes documentary Paddington 24/7 as his team faced the challenge of repairing a vital section of track in just four hours before all lines were due to reopen.
Documentary series continues as staff deal with London Paddington station closure after fire in episode three
A Network Rail worker who was left with no option but to communicate with thousands of passengers by hand megaphone following a fire evacuation of London Paddington will feature in the third episode of behind the scenes documentary, Paddington 24/7.
Benefits of electrification a step closer for passengers as railway re-opens between Bristol Parkway and Swindon following upgrade work
Network Rail marked another major milestone in the delivery of the Great Western modernisation programme with the completion of a series of upgrades between Bristol Parkway and Swindon, which will deliver quicker journeys for passengers from 2019.