Monday 21 Aug 2017
South Gloucestershire residents invited to learn more about railway electrification
Residents living in South Gloucestershire have been invited to an event this week to find out more about ongoing upgrades of the Great Western mainline.
Network Rail will host a drop-in session in Tormarton near Acton Turville this Wednesday regarding the four-week programme of work taking place from Swindon through to Bristol Parkway, which began on Saturday and will continue until Friday, 15 September.
The upgrade work will pave the way for the arrival of GWRs fleet of brand new trains later this year, which will deliver over a fifth more seats per train, more frequent services and reduced journey times for passengers. These trains will run on electric from December 2018, once the electrification project from London Paddington to Cardiff is complete.
The upgrade includes the installation of the Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) used to hold the wires for electrification, platform upgrades at Bristol Parkway station and the introduction of a flood resilience scheme at Chipping Sodbury to make the railway more reliable.
A spokesman for Network Rail, Dean Shaw, 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.”
The drop-in event will take place on Wednesday, 23 September at Tormarton Village Hall, High Street, GL9 1HU from 7pm until 8.30pm.
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.