Spotlight on Easter 2017: Bath Spa modernisation

Work at Bath Spa is part of a £15m programme of modernisation.

Over the Easter bank holiday weekend (14–17 April), we will be working to deliver more than 200 projects on the rail network across Britain as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.

The work we’re doing will provide more and faster services to help relieve overcrowding on the railway.

Passenger numbers have doubled in the last 20 years, and this growth is set to continue. Around 22,500 trains run every day in Britain – nearly 1.7 billion passenger journeys each year. Another 400 million rail journeys will be made by 2020.

We plan our larger work projects over bank holidays as they’re generally quiet periods, with fewer passengers travelling by rail – find out more here about why we plan work for bank holidays.

If you’re travelling over the bank holiday, please remember to check your journey plans on Nationalrail.co.uk, as there will be changes to rail services in some areas.

What’s happening at Bath Spa?

Platforms are being widened at Bath Spa station, and the stepping distance to and from trains reduced, as part of a £15m programme of modernisation.

What other work is being carried out as part of the modernisation?

Work will take place at 62 sites in the surrounding area this spring, including platform works at Keynsham station, lowering the tracks west of Bath, and drainage renewals and inspections (at weekends and bank holidays).

After the main period of work, there will be follow-up tamping, which is a noisy process.

When is it taking place?

The temporary disruption will start on Saturday 8 April and last until Sunday 23 April. The work at Bath Spa will be round-the-clock every day during this period, while drainage work and track lowering will take place at weekends and over the Easter bank holiday.

Throughout this time, 879 people from Network Rail’s orange army – our team of engineers and contractors who work on the railway day and night to maintain, repair and improve our rail infrastructure – will work a total of 66,700 person-hours in and around Bath.

What benefits will the work bring?

It will prepare the way for new, longer Intercity Express Trains that enter service on this line from later this year. The bi-mode trains (pictured below) run on electricity and diesel (initially diesel for this stretch of railway).

This will also help to get the tracks ready for when the railway around Bristol and Bath is electrified.

Information on electrification

How will passenger services be affected by the work?

A reduced service is running to, through and from Bath Spa between Saturday 8 and Sunday 23 April. Some trains are diverted on weekends and bank holidays, with replacement bus services.

For more detailed information, and to check your journeys before you travel, please go to www.gwr.com/bath2017 and www.nationalrail.co.uk/easter.

Find out more

200 Easter projects part of plan to deliver a rail network fit for the future

Bath and north-east Somerset works (Bathnes)

Paddington station

Bristol Temple Meads station

Western route

Photo credit (top and homepage): David Iliff, April 2009