Monday 26 Jun 2017
Bristol Temple Meads set for platform upgrades to accommodate new trains
Two platforms at Bristol Temple Meads will be extended this summer in preparation for a new fleet of diesel-electric Intercity Express Trains, which will provide more seats, better on-board facilities and more comfortable journeys for passengers.
Great Western Railway (GWR)’s new fleet of trains are longer than the existing High Speed Trains and will require additional platform length to allow passengers to get on and off the trains safely.
These new trains will begin to come into service this autumn.
This work will fit alongside other improvement work taking place at Temple Meads as part of Network Rail's Railway Upgrade Plan, including signalling renewals and the installation of new lighting.
To extend the platforms, the existing ramp will be demolished during the last week of June and the first week of July. This will take place overnight in order to minimise disruption for passengers.
Platform extension works will also take place overnight over a three-week period from the last weekend of July until mid-August.
Services will not run from platforms 13 and 15 on the four Sundays between 30 July and 20 August, so passengers are advised to check the departures boards at the station for updated platform information on arrival at Bristol Temple Meads.
Michelle Scogings, Senior Programme Development Manager for Network Rail, said: “I would like to thank passengers in advance for their patience as we undertake this work to accommodate the new fleet of Intercity Express Trains at Bristol Temple Meads as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.
“We have worked closely with our colleagues at GWR to ensure that the impact on local residents and passengers from this work will be minimal.
“Passengers will see the benefits from this work in the autumn as the new trains come into service, providing a vital capacity boost, as well as more space for passengers and their luggage.”
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.