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