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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 holding a drop-in event in the Lecture Hall , UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, Swindon SN1 5ET, on Thursday 6 October between 5pm and 8pm, to discuss our forthcoming work at Swindon Station.The work, which is expected to last from November 2016 to October 2017, is 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.
Network Rail has issued a level crossing safety warning urging the public to be extra vigilant when using crossings while the Severn Tunnel is closed for essential upgrade work.On Monday 12th September the Severn Tunnel will close for six weeks as Network Rails orange army work day and night to prepare the 130 year old tunnel for electrification - delivering more seats, more frequent services and faster, greener journeys - all part of the company's Railway Upgrade planAs a result of the closure, all freight trains and some passenger trains travelling between Swindon and Newport will be diverted via Gloucester increasing rail traffic on the line.Level crossings along this route will be busier and Network Rail is urging the public to take extra care and be vigilant when crossing the railway.For more information on the closure visit our Severn Tunnel page
Network Rail’s orange army demolished and reconstructed Marlborough Road/Broad Town bridge over the early May bank holiday 2016 , working in collaboration with Wiltshire Council.
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. In addition, the footbridge over the railway now forms part of the new structure: a £500,000 improvement funded by Wiltshire Council.
The old footbridge, which was a separate structure from the road bridge, would have needed replacing in the next five to ten years. Network Rail and Wiltshire Council have worked together to improve the bridge and save costs by incorporating a new footbridge into the new structure.Since the reconstruction, work has continued on the bridge and it is due to reopen to traffic on 21st October 2016. The Bath Road and Hunts Mill bridges on the A3102 are due to then close on 24th October 2016 for reconstruction and parapet works. It is anticipated that the road will be closed until early spring 2017. The temporary link road built by Network Rail will continue to serve as a diversion route, avoiding a lengthy alternative for residents
We're undertaking piling work in the areas shown below on Thursday 20th October - Friday 28th October 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.
Thursday 20th - Friday 21st October 21067.30pm - 04.30amLocal Authority: Wiltshire
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd October 201611.00pm - 05.00amLocal Authority: Wiltshire
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd October 201611.00pm - 09.00amLocal Authority: Wiltshire
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd October 201610.30pm - 08.30amLocal Authority: Wiltshire
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
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