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  • Wiltshire and Swindon

  • Last updated 8 December 2016. This page will be updated regularly. 

    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.

    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.

    Christmas Works in Chippenham

    We will be working through the night on Christmas Eve , Christmas Day and Boxing Day in order to install the pile foundations we use to support the overhead cables that allow the operation of the new greener and faster electric trains.

    This work would normally take months to complete if carried out over weekends when train services are running. However over the Christmas period when the railway is quieter than normal it allows us to complete the works in a much shorter space of time.

    The piling work will take place on the following dates and locations:
    • Christmas Eve from Bath Road to the B4528 Railway Bridges between 2200hrs - 0730 hrs
    • Christmas Day from Bath Road to Ivy Lane Primary School between 2100hrs - 0700hrs
    • Boxing Day from Ivy Lane Primary School to Chippenham station between 1900hrs - 0500hrs
    Prior to these works commencing , we have been working closely with Wiltshire Council to ensure any disruption to the local community is kept to a minimum for those living near the railway.

    People who wish to find out more are invited to attend a number of community engagement sessions that are taking place locally. These are as follows:
    • .Chippenham Town Centre on Wednesday 7th December between 10am - 5pm
    •  Olympiad Leisure Centre on Saturday 10th December between 9am - Noon
    •  Brookside Retail Park on Wednesday 14th December between 2pm - 7pm
    • Chippenham Town Centre on market day Friday 16th December between 10am - 5pm
    • Chippenham Town Centre on Tuesday 20th December between 10am - 5pm


    Swindon Station

    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

    Royal Wootton Bassett

    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.

    Piling work

    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.

    Christian Malford

    Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th December 2016
    11.00pm - 09.00am

    Monday 12th - Tuesday 13th December 2016
    9.00pm - 05.00am
    Local Authority: Wiltshire

    Sutton Benger - Langley Burrell

    Tuesday 13th - Wednesday 14th December 2016
    9.00pm - 05.00am
    Local Authority: Wiltshire

    Dauntsey Lock  

    Wednesday 14th  - Thursday 15th December 2016
    9.00pm - 05.00am
    Local Authority: Wiltshire

    Sutton Benger - Langley Burrell

    Thursday 15th - Friday 16th December 2016
    9.00pm - 05.00am
    Local Authority: Wiltshire