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
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
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