We're modernising the Great Western route to bring passengers faster, more frequent, more reliable services.
This project includes upgrading our infrastructure so that the route is ready for new, longer Intercity Express Trains, coming into service later this year.
This page explains the work we’ll be doing in Bath and North East Somerset and when it’s due to take place.
What we’re doing
We have been carrying out extensive improvements to Bath Spa station and Keynsham station, including platform works and signalling upgrade works. We have also been modifying bridges and other structures along the route to provide line clearance for the new trains.
Bath Spa station
During April 2017 we successfully carried out extensive platform works at Bath Spa station, widening both platlforms which increased capacity on the platforms and reduced the stepping distance between trains and the platforms.
Following these works we carried out snagging and completion works.
The next phase of these works involves bringing non-operational sections of platform back into use and bringing them up to the standard of the new sections of platform, upgraded in April. This is necessary to achieve the required length to accommodate the new, longer, Intercity Express Trains.
Demolition and reconstruction works
A redundant 80 metre section of the London-bound platform 2 needs to be demolished and reconstructed, to meet up with the section of platform upgraded during our works in April. Due to issues with the structural integrity of this section of platform, this work was scheduled to follow on from our April modernisation programme.
Enabling works are getting underway from 8 July. The demolition of the redundant section of platform will be carried out overnight (between 10pm and 7am) on three Saturday nights:
- 15/16 July
- 22/23 July
- 29/30 July
This will be followed by three weeks of Monday to Thursday nights, starting on 24 July and finishing at 7am on Friday 11 August. We will then be working into the autumn to finish off and tidy up this section of platform.
A 4 metre section of the Bristol-bound platform also needs to be demolished and reconstructed. This will take place on overnight shifts (between 10pnm and 7am) during August.
During April 2017 we successfully completed a number of crucial improvements to Keynsham station:
- Correcting the gradient (cross falls) of the platform
- Installing new drainage systems
- Resurfacing both platforms
Since then we have been carrying out snagging and finishing works at the station and in the car park, such as connecting up the drainage system, reinstating railings and lining and painting. We have also completed repairs, where needed, in the station car park.
Signal cabling work is currently being undertaken – which is not particularly noisy – and is due for completion by the end of July 2017.
For more information, download our factsheet.