Monday 6 Feb 2017
Bath and Keynsham residents invited to find out more about railway upgrade work
Residents of Bath and Keynsham have been invited to a series of drop-in sessions this week to find out more about upcoming modernisation works which will pave the way for the new GWR Intercity Express Trains arriving later this year, offering more seats and more comfortable journeys for passengers.
Drop-in events for residents to find out more about the works taking place, as well as information about travel between 8th and 23rd April, will take place as follows:
Tuesday 7th February (4.30PM to 7.00PM) - Bath Guildhall (Brunswick Room), Bath City Centre, BA1 5AW
Wednesday 8th February (4.30PM to 7.00PM) - St John’s Church hall, Keynsham, BS31 2BL
Thursday 9th February (4.30PM to 7.00PM) - Oldfield Park Baptist Church, Oldfield Park, Bath, BA2 3JD
Network Rail will be working around the clock to modernise Bath Spa station between Saturday 8th April and Saturday 29th April, widening both platforms and realigning the track. Notification letters will be distributed to residents that may be affected by noise from this work.
Preparatory works will need to take place in and around the station from 10th February. This work can be noisy and will take place mainly at night when passenger trains are not in operation.
A reduced service will run from one platform on weekdays throughout this period, with a full rail replacement service on weekends and bank holidays.
At Keynsham station, Network Rail will be re-routing cables as part of the large signalling project across the route from Bristol to London Paddington. The preparatory works for this will involve the use of a ‘Tube Cube’- effectively a large vacuum cleaner- on Sunday 12th February to safely expose the cables so that they can be re-located.
In preparation for future electrification of the line, we will also be lowering the track below Newton Road and Cross Post bridges west of Bath.
Mark Langman, managing director for Network Rail’s Western route, said: “I’d like to thank residents and passengers in advance for their patience as we undertake these essential works as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.
“The drop-in sessions that we are hosting provide a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the works taking place and we urge anyone who has any questions or would like more information to come along.”
For more information on rail replacement options please visit www.GWR.com/Bath2017
For more information about these works visit: www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/ourroutes/western/great-western-mainline/bathne-somerset/
Network Rail’s 24 hour helpline is also available on 03457 11 41 41.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.