Friday 28 Apr 2017
Passengers advised to check before they travel in May
Passengers planning to use the railway in May are advised to check before they travel ahead of a series of engineering works throughout the month.
Works will take place at various times in Bristol, Wiltshire, Thames Valley and in West London with services disrupted and buses replacing trains on some routes.
On three consecutive Sundays, May 8, 15 and 22, the line between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway will be blocked with the Severn Beach branch line also closed. On the affected days rail replacement bus services will be running from Patchway, Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads, also covering Stapleton Road and Lawrence Hill.
In Wiltshire the Great Western main line will be closed near Royal Wootton Bassett from Saturday 27 May to Tuesday 30 May. This will impact services from Swindon to Chippenham and Swindon to Bristol Parkway with replacement bus services in operation. The same section of the railway will also be closed on June 10 and 11.
On those same weekends bridge work will also be carried out at Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, which means Ermin Road will be closed to traffic on both weekends.
In the Thames Valley and West London area no trains will stop at Taplow, Burnham, Hanwell or West Ealing from Saturday 29 April to Tuesday 2 May.
Lucy Elston, scheme project manager for Network Rail, said: “We would like to thank passengers and the local community for bearing with us while we carry out these works to Brunel’s railway.”
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.