Network Rail to carry out track maintenance this weekend between Bristol and Bath: GWR IET at Bristol Temple Meads web

Friday 6 Oct 2023

Network Rail to carry out track maintenance this weekend between Bristol and Bath

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Wales & Western: Western
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Network Rail is reminding passengers to check before travelling this weekend as Great Western Railway services between Bath and Bristol will be affected by rail improvement work on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October.

The essential works mean there will be no trains running between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October, or on Sunday 22 October when follow up work will be taking place.

  • Customers can still travel between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads as trains will use an alternative route – not stopping at Chippenham or Bath Spa
  • Trains will also run between London Paddington and Bath Spa up until 1930 on Saturday 7 October
  • Shuttle trains will then run between Swindon and Bath Spa after 19:30 on Saturdays and all day on Sunday/s.
  • Replacement buses are planned to operate between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads
  • Valid rail tickets can also be used on the 9, X39, 1, 5, U5 or 349 buses
  • Trains will continue to operate Bath Spa and Westbury, Frome, Weymouth or Portsmouth Harbour

Tom Hounslow, Network Rail's project manager, said: “We’re carrying out vital drainage work during this period when the line is closed.

“It’s really important that this work is done in a timely fashion to ensure that the railway is resilient and can cope with adverse weather. We’d like to thank passengers for their patience.”

Oana Apetroaie, GWR’s station manager for Bath Spa, said: “This forms part of an ongoing programme of investment in our railway that will enable us to maintain safe and reliable services for customers travelling between Bath and Bristol.

“We are providing alternative road transport and rail tickets can also be used on some local bus services in the area to allow passengers to continue their journeys with as little inconvenience as possible.”

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