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  • Wiltshire and Swindon

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  • Last updated 28 June 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.

    Modernising the Great Western Route

    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.

    What we’re doing

    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.

    Work dates and locations

    Royal Wootton Bassett

    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 work
    Royal Wootton Bassett link road

    Lineside neighbour notification letter

     

    Piling work

    We're undertaking piling work in the areas shown below on Saturday 25 June -  Monday 27 June 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.

     

    Uffington to Swindon West

    Sunday 26 June 2016
    00.45am - 08.15am

     

     

    Royal Wootton Bassett to Christian Malford

    Saturday 25 - Monday 27 June 2016
    01.15am - 05.15am

     

     

    Steelwork Installation

    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.    

    West of Royal Wootton Bassett - Dauntsey Lock

    Tuesday 31 May - Friday 3 June 2016
    Residents letter

     

    Work on bridges and other structures

    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.

    Structure Drop-in session Closure date(s) Diversion Additional information
    Broad Town / Marlborough Road, Royal Wootton Basset Drop-in session at Lime Kiln Leisure Centre, Royal Wootton Bassett on 4 February 2016 5pm 6 March 2016 - September 2016 Broad Town Bridge work Diversion Map  Bridge to be demolished and rebuilt. A temporary link road is being built south to Marlborough Road bridge in order to provide a suitable diversion route during the bridge reconstruction.
    Royal Wootton Bassett fact sheet

    Bath Road A3102, Royal Wootton Bassett     Drop-in session at Lime Kiln Leisure Centre, Royal Wootton Bassett on 4 February 2016   October 2016 - March 2017 tbc Bridge to be demolished and rebuilt. A temporary link road is being built south to Marlborough Road bridge to provide a diversion route during the work.
    Royal Wootton Bassett fact sheet
    Brinkworth Road (Trow Lane) n/a 29 April - 27 June 2016  Brinkworth Diversion  Road closure to raise parapets on the bridge in preparation for electrification of the route.
    Cocklebury Lane, Chippenham n/a 25 April  - 26 June 2016 n/a Road closure is raise parapets on the bridge in preparation for electrification of the route.

    Hunts Mill Bridge, Royal Wootton Bassett 

    Held at Lime Kiln Leisure Centre, Royal Wootton Bassett on 15 October 2015      October 2016 - March 2017      tbc      Parapets to be raised while work on adjacent A3102 Bath Road bridge is carried out.
    Royal Wootton Bassett fact sheet
    Thingley Road Held on 23 October 2014 Reopened on 23 March 2016 -  
    Pound Pill parapets, Corsham Drop-in session at the Corsham town hall on Tuesday 17 May 2016, 4.30pm - 7.30pm Planned mid-July - September 2016 -  
    Corsham aqueduct replacement Drop-in session at the Corsham town hall on Tuesday 17 May 2016, 4.30pm - 7.30pm Planned mid-July 2016 - January 2017      
    Alderton over bridge n/a Friday 29 April - Thursday 23 June 2016 Parking restrictions -see letter We are reconstructing Alderton over bridge as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.
    Residents notification letter
    Rodbourne Road Held on Tuesday 22 March 2016  Monday 18 April - Sunday 15 May Diversion route - see leaflet We are replacing Rodbourne Road bridge as part of the Railway Upgrade plan.
    Resident information leaflet