experience on our website. If you continue, we'll assume that you are happy to receive
Timetables and travel
Our Railway's Future
Railway upgrade projects
High speed rail
Access for All
Reducing track noise
Stations improvement programme
York operating centre
Global System for Mobile Communications-Railway
Upgrading stations in South Wales
East West Rail
Western Rail Link to Heathrow
Southampton to Nuneaton freight upgrade
Modernising the South Wales railway
North West electrification
Edinburgh Waverley station
Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace
Stafford - Crewe
Wessex Capacity Improvment Programme
Birmingham New Street station
Gogar rail interchange
London Overground lines
Manchester Victoria station
North Lincolnshire resignalling
Ely - Soham
Great Northern Great Eastern
King's Cross station
Tinsley Chord Tram Train
West Coast Main Line
East Coast Main Line
Lincoln level crossings
Midland Main Line
Nuneaton north chord
Redditch branch line
Manchester to Preston electrification
Last updated 19 August 2016. This page will be updated regularly.
We’re modernising the Great Western route to bring passengers faster, more frequent and more reliable services. The project includes upgrading our infrastructure so that the route can be electrified.
This page shows the work we’ll be doing in Oxfordshire and when it’s due to take place.
To enable the route to be electrified, we’re installing supporting masts and overhead lines, and preparing the foundations for these (‘piling’). We’ll also be modifying some of the bridges and other structures on the route to create the extra height needed for the overhead lines.
We're undertaking piling work in the areas shown below from Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st August 2016. Please note that the schedule could change at short notice for operational reasons.
Before starting this work we may need to clear overgrown vegetation running alongside the line. Find out more about why and how we manage vegetation
The Secretary of State for Transport recently announced that Network Rail’s electrification programme of the Great Western Mainline is of particular importance and that the Reading to Didcot section, as the test track for the new trains, is a top priority. We are therefore continuing with the installation of the overhead line equipment to ensure the successful testing of those new trains on the electrified railway.
However, Network Rail does recognise the importance of conserving the AONBs, and we are working with Natural England and the AONB Conservation Boards as we explore designs that reduce the visual impact of electrification within these special landscapes. Developing these alternative designs is a complex process that involves balancing their appearance with safety, reliability and operational efficiency issues, but we have committed to consult with local communities when the design options are ready. Any works to modify the apparatus already installed to allow for the train testing will be undertaken retrospectively, subject to funding agreements; we have written to the Conservation Boards to confirm this, and a copy of the letter can be found here.
Details of the consultation will be published here as soon as dates are confirmed.
If you'd like to find out more, why not come along to one of our drop-in sessions? We'll be pleased to answer any questions you may have.
New bridge was opened 8 April 2016
We know that our work to improve the railway may cause some disruption and noise for local communities. We do our very best to limit this and appreciate your patience and understanding.
For example, we often have to carry out some of the work at night when trains aren’t running. This is because we’re contractually obliged to work at times that have the least impact on passenger services, and because we must ensure the safety of our workforce.
If roads or footpaths need to be closed temporarily because of bridge work, we agree diversionary routes with the local council. And we are committed to completing the work quickly, so the road can be re-opened as soon as possible.
Answers to your questions about electrification, the environment and more:
If you have a question about our infrastructure, call our 24 hour helpline:
03457 11 41 41
or contact us online