Wednesday 5 Jul 2017
Upgrade work at Chippenham means nine day closure from this weekend
- Work will allow line between Chippenham and Swindon to be electrified
- Upgraded drainage will help make services more reliable
Network Rail and GWR are reminding passengers that the railway near Chippenham will be closed for nine days from next week (Friday 8 July) as part of a £3.5m investment.
The project at Dauntsey and Langley Burrell near Chippenham forms part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan where track will be lowered under two listed bridges which will allow new electric services to run on the line later this year.
In addition to the track lowering, engineers will be installing a drainage culvert which will help reduce the chance of the line flooding in the future.
In order to achieve this, the line at Dauntsey and Langley Burrell will be closed for nine days between Friday 8 July and Sunday 16 July. Throughout the closure of the line there will be alterations to services to and from Swindon, Chippenham and Bristol.
Buses will replace trains between Chippenham and Swindon stations.
Samantha Patterson, Network Rail scheme sponsor, said: “This investment at Dauntsey is key to modernising the railway through the area and providing passengers with a better, more reliable railway.
“There is never a good time to close the railway for any length of time but we have looked at all options and worked with GWR to complete this work at a time which will cause least disruption to passengers.
“Our Railway Upgrade Plan is delivering significant investment into the railway network which will provide a better, more reliable railway for passengers.”
A GWR spokesperson said: "We've worked closely with Network Rail to minimise the impact to our customers, diverting some trains away from the area and providing a comprehensive replacement bus service as an alternative where necessary.
“Later this year our brand new fleet of trains will begin operating on this route, and this is another key milestone towards providing more seats and greater reliability on train services through Swindon and Chippenham."
Passengers are advised to check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk for the latest information.
For more information on the scheme call Network Rail’s 24-hour helpline on 03457 114 141.
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.