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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
The demolition and partial reconstruction of Broad Town bridge in Royal Wootton Bassett took place 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.
We are carrying out essential work at Swindon Station from November 2016 to October 2017, as part of the Greater West Programme to electrify the railway between London and South Wales.It will include installing the Overhead Line Equipment required to power the new longer, faster, greener electric trains and will also involve extending Platform 1 to accommodate the new fleet.Swindon Station factsheet
The Broad Town/Marlborough Road bridge has reopened to traffic following its reconstruction. We are now working on the Bath Road and Hunts Mill bridges on the A3102 until early spring in order to prepare them for the new fleet of electric trains. During this time, vehicles will need to follow a signed diversion route. For details, please see the table below.
We're undertaking piling work in the areas shown below on Saturday 10th December - Friday 16th December 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.
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th December 201611.00pm - 09.00amMonday 12th - Tuesday 13th December 20169.00pm - 05.00amLocal Authority: Wiltshire
Tuesday 13th - Wednesday 14th December 20169.00pm - 05.00amLocal Authority: Wiltshire
Wednesday 14th - Thursday 15th December 20169.00pm - 05.00amLocal Authority: Wiltshire
Thursday 15th - Friday 16th December 20169.00pm - 05.00amLocal Authority: Wiltshire
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
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