Thursday 15 Jun 2017
Residents invited to find out more ahead of summer railway upgrade
Residents living in Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire are invited to find out more about a crucial upgrade of the Great Western mainline.
Network Rail will host a series of drop in sessions ahead of a four week programme of work which will take place from Royal Wootton Bassett through to Bristol Parkway between Saturday 19 August and Friday 15 September.
The upgrade will also make way for the arrival of a fleet of new, longer Intercity Express Trains later this year, bringing more seats per train and adding greater comfort for passengers. These trains will run on electric from December 2018, once the electrification project is complete.
As part of the work, sections of the mainline will be closed to passengers with Bristol Parkway also closed between September 2 and 15. This will allow work to begin on a new platform at Bristol Parkway as well as extension of existing platforms, flood resilience measures installed at Chipping Sodbury and overhead line equipment installed on 25 miles of the route in readiness for electrification.
Over the four weeks, trains will still be running using diversionary routes. Rail replacement bus and coach services will be in place for some journeys.
Garry Fernand, Network Rail project manager, said: “The upgrade will transform this section of the railway as we deliver electrification as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. It is a major programme of work and we would like to invite all residents living near the railway to one of our sessions where they can find out more.”
Drop in sessions will take place on the following dates
- Thursday 22 June, Brinkworth Village Hall, 4pm to 6pm
- Tuesday 27 June, Little Somerford Village Hall, 4.30pm to 7pm
- Thursday 29 June, Coalpit Heath Village Hall, 4.30pm to 7pm
- Tuesday 4 July, Ridgewood Community Centre, Yate, 4.30pm to 7pm
- Tuesday 11 July, The Old School Rooms, St Michael’s Centre, Stoke Gifford, 4.30pm to 7pm
- Wednesday 12 July, Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, 4.30pm to 7pm
- Thursday 13 July, Trinity Primary School, Acton Turville, 6pm to 8pm
- Tuesday 18 July, Old Sodbury Village Hall, 4.30pm to 7pm
- Wednesday 19 July, Hullavington Village Hall, 5.30pm to 8pm
Passengers are advised to check before they travel throughout the upgrade by visiting gwr.com/bristolparkway2017 or crosscountrytrains.co.uk
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.