Wednesday 1 Mar 2017
Bath residents invited to find out more about Easter railway upgrade work
Residents of Bath are invited to a drop-in session this week to find out more about upcoming modernisation works at Bath Spa station as Network Rail continues to deliver its Railway Upgrade Plan.
Upgrade work will take place at Bath Spa station from April 8 to 23 which will pave the way for the new Intercity Express Trains arriving later this year, offering more seats and more comfortable journeys for passengers.
Network Rail’s orange army will be working around the clock to widen both platforms and realign the track to allow the new trains to run later this year the benefits of electrification start to arrive for passengers in Bath.
The drop-in event takes place in the Brunswick Room at the Guildhall on Thursday 2 March from 4.30pm to 7pm. The session will allow residents to find out more about the upgrade wok as well as travel information as a reduced service will run from one platform on weekdays throughout this period, with a full rail replacement service on weekends and bank holidays.
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
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.