Wednesday 1 Nov 2017
Electrification to Bristol Parkway continues in November which means motorway will be closed overnight at weekends
Electrification to Bristol Parkway continues to progress as Network Rail will be upgrading the railway over the M4 motorway near junction 19 on successive weekends in November, as they install the overhead line equipment needed to run electric train services.
The upgrade, which forms part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, will take place overnight on the first two weekends in November and means an overnight closure of the M4 at Junction 19, near Bristol Parkway, will be necessary.
The upgrade involves the installation of four overhead line equipment structures which hold the wires needed for electric services to run. The decision to carry out the upgrade overnight has been taken to reduce disruption for passengers and drivers.
Once complete in late 2018 electrification will provide faster, greener, longer trains with more seats and greater comfort for passengers between London Paddington and Cardiff.
The M4 will be closed at Blue Bridge near junction 19 on the following dates:
- Friday 3 November at 11pm to Saturday 4 November at 7am.
- Saturday 4 November at 9pm to Sunday 5 November at 8am.
- Sunday 5 November at 10pm to Monday 6 November at 5am.
The closure will be repeated at the same times the following week on 10, 11 and 12 November.
Freddie Gleeson, scheme project manager for Network Rail, said: “The upgrade is absolutely vital and will bring significant passenger benefits once electrification is complete as we continue to deliver our Railway Upgrade Plan.
“We have chosen to carry out the work overnight and at weekends so we can minimise disruption. However, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Railway upgrade work in Bristol during November will also affect train services to South Wales. Fans travelling to Cardiff for the Autumn International rugby matches are advised to plan their journey at www.nationalrail.co.uk
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.