Monday 14 Jul 2003


Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western
The Chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority, Richard Bowker, will officially open the new platform at Swindon station on Wednesday, 16 July.  He will be joined at the opening ceremony by John Armitt, Chief Executive of Network Rail, and Chris Kinchin-Smith, Managing Director of First Great Western. This major project is the result of a joint initiative between the SRA, Network Rail and First Great Western and is designed to deliver long-term improvements to capacity and performance.  The platform has been completed on time and within budget. Details: 09.15                              Guest arrive 09.40 – 09.55            Speeches and plaque unveiling.  Photo opportunity. 10.0                                                          Tour of site.  Interviews. 10.50                                                      Guests depart The Mayor of Swindon and representatives from the Rail Passenger Committees, local government and other stakeholders groups will also be present. -more- Swindon - 2 You are invited to send a reporter and/or photographer to cover the event.  Please contact the Network Rail press office on 01793 515267 with the names of those attending.   There will be a reception desk within the new platform building.

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