Wednesday 23 Oct 2019
Network Rail to carry out vital signalling work in Bristol ahead of the introduction of more frequent services this winter
Passengers in the Bristol area are advised to check before travelling over the next two weekends (26-27 October and Sunday 3 November) as Network Rail carries out important signalling work in the area, paving the way for the introduction of more frequent services from December as part of the biggest timetable change in 40 years.
Network Rail will be working in the Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Filton areas of Bristol during the coming weekends, removing old 1960s signalling equipment and switching on and testing the new, modern signals which replace the outdated technology.
Completing this work on the upgraded signalling system is an important part of the preparation for the introduction of the new timetable and will provide the greater flexibility needed for the increase in train services from December.
Once this work is complete, the available platform space at Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbey Wood can be used more effectively and efficiently to enable the increase in train journeys. Drainage work at both stations will also be carried out over the two weekends to allow for the continued safe and reliable running of the railway.
Jonathan Davies, area delivery director for Network Rail said: “This work is a vital step towards implementing the biggest timetable change on this line since 1976, enabling us to increase the capacity of the network in preparation for more frequent services later this year.
“I would like to thank passengers and residents in advance for their patience while we carry out this essential work.”
Passengers are advised to check before travelling by visiting the National Rail Enquiries website https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ or by speaking with their train operator.
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