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Manchester to Preston electrification
Last updated 19 August 2016. This page will be updated regularly.
The demolition and partial reconstruction of Broad Town bridge in Royal Wootton Bassett over the May bank holiday, 2016. The new bridge is higher, creating the additional space needed for the overhead electrification wires that will power the new fleet of faster, longer, quieter and greener electric trains to run underneath.
We’re modernising the Great Western route to bring passengers faster, more frequent journeys 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 Wiltshire and Swindon 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 them (‘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.
Network Rail’s orange army demolished and reconstructed Marlborough Road/Broad Town bridge over the early May bank holiday 2016 as part of the company’s £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers. The reconstruction involved raising the height of the bridge to provide the necessary room for the overhead wires that will power the new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains to run underneath.
Work will now continue on the bridge until it is ready to reopen to traffic later this year. To minimise disruption for the local community while this improvement work takes place, we have built a temporary link road, to ensure residents don’t have to use a lengthy diversion route. Cyclists and pedestrians can continue to cross the bridge throughout.
Please see below for details of the planned work and temporary road.
Royal Wootton Bassett bridge workRoyal Wootton Bassett link road
Lineside neighbour notification letter
We're undertaking piling work in the areas shown below on Saturday 20th - Friday 26th August 2016. Please note that this schedule could change at short notice for operational reasons.
Before starting this work, we may need to clear overgrown vegetation alongside the line. Find out more about why and how we manage vegetation
If you have any questions about piling, please refer to our piling FAQ.
Swindon Blagrove - Royal Wootton Bassett Junction
We will shortly be undertaking steelwork installation in the area shown below as part of our wider plan to electrify the Great Western Railway. This work will involve the installation of masts that will support overhead line equipment (OLE) to power the new fleet of faster, greener, quieter electric trains. The works will be delivered by High Output Plant System (HOPS) train which installs OLE for railway electrifications projects across the UK.
The table below shows bridges and other structures that we need to modify for electrification, along with any temporary road closure and diversions. Work due to start in the future is subject to approval by Wiltshire Council or Swindon Borough Council.
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.
Hunts Mill Bridge, Royal Wootton Bassett
Answers to your questions about electrification, the environment and more:
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