Wednesday 28 Sep 2016

Residents invited to find out more about railway upgrade work at Swindon station

Swindon residents have been invited to a drop-in event to find out more about upcoming work to prepare the Great Western Main Line for electrification as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers.

Network Rail is carrying out essential work in and around Swindon station between November 2016 and October 2017 to facilitate the new fleet of faster, greener electric trains, which will provide more seats and more room for passengers.

In order to keep disruption to train services to a minimum, most of the work will take place overnight and over weekends. Work will also be carried out around the clock during a 52-hour closure of the railway over the Christmas period.

Members of the Network Rail project team will be on-hand throughout the event to explain more about the work taking place and to answer any questions.

David Brown, Network Rail’s project manager for Swindon station, said: “I’d like to thank the local community in advance for their patience and understanding while we carry out these essential improvements to modernise Brunel’s railway.

“The work at Swindon station is an essential part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and will pave the way for electric trains and the benefits these will bring to residents and passengers. These benefits include faster trains with more seats and more legroom, and less noise and air pollution for those who live close to the railway line.

“Everyone is welcome at our drop-in event and I’d urge anyone who has a question or wants to know more about our plans to come along.”

The event will take place on Thursday, 6 October from 5pm to 8pm in the Lecture Hall at UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, SN1 5ET

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