Friday 21 Apr 2017
Passengers advised to check before they travel ahead of London Marathon
Passengers heading to the London Marathon or into the capital on Sunday are advised to check before they travel as Network Rail carries out vital testing work on the Great Western mainline.
Anyone travelling between Reading and London Paddington should plan to start their journey after 8am where possible as buses will replace trains before this time.
Sunday’s works will see Network Rail carry out key testing on a 12 mile section of track west of London between Stockley Bridge Junction and Maidenhead with the line reopening at 8am. This section has recently had the Overhead Line Equipment installed for electrification and a second stage of testing will take place this weekend.
Travelling to the London Marathon?
Buses getting Marathon goers into London Paddington by 08:00 depart:
- Reading at 6.20am and 6.50am
- Slough at 6.40am and 7.10am
- Maidenhead at 6.30am and 7am
Travelling between Reading and London Paddington?
- A bus replacement service will operate between Reading and London Paddington
- Trains will continue to run between Hayes & Harlington and London Paddington
Where possible customers are advised to travel after 8am or check before they travel and use the alternative routes provided. Passengers with tickets for Sunday morning will be able to travel on any GWR service on Sunday afternoon or evening.
Matthew Steele, Crossrail programme Director for Network Rail, said: “I’d like to thank passengers for their ongoing patience whilst we continue with this essential weekend testing.”
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.