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Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western
Date:  Thursday 4 March 2004 Time: 13.45 Place: Filton Abbey Wood Station What: Minister of Transport Kim Howells will be visiting the station to find out about a major new investment by Network Rail. Changes to Filton junction and an additional platform at Filton Abbey Wood Station will dramatically improve capacity at this business intersection and therefore improve train services for customers. Mr Howells will be available for photograph – wearing a hard hat and helping the Network Rail team – and for interview. He will arrive riding in the driver’s cab of a Wessex Train.

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