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Bath and north east Somerset (Bathnes)

We're modernising the Great Western route to bring passengers faster, more frequent and more reliable services. 

The project includes upgrading our infrastructure so that the route can be electrified.

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

To enable the route to be electrified, we’re installing supporting masts and overhead lines, and preparing the foundations for these (‘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.

More about our work to electrify the railway


Work dates and locations

Bath Spa station modernisation works

From 8 to 23 April 2017, we will be modernising Bath Spa station in preparation for the new, longer Intercity Express trains which will enter service later in 2017.

This work includes making the platforms wider and will significantly reduce the stepping distance to and from trains. Platforms will be widened by up to 1.8m in places giving much more room for passengers on the platform.

During this time there will be a reduced service running on weekdays (excluding bank holidays) with just one platform operational and a full rail replacement bus service running on weekends and bank holidays.

Please check before you travel during this time by visiting National Rail Enquiries.

More timetable information can also be found at www.gwr.com/Bath2017

Somerset and Dorset Intersect bridge replacement

There has been a delay to the completion of the work on the Somerset and Dorset bridge at Linear Park, Bath. The bridge is now scheduled to open at the end of January 2017. There will still be an amount of finishing work to do in the park but we are making every effort to reopen the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists.

Keynsham station

Work is continuing at Keynsham station in the run up to the works around Bath at Easter. A compound has been re-established in the car park as we re-route some cables through the car park. This work is associated with the large signalling project that is taking place across the route from Bristol to London Paddington.

From mid-February onwards, core works will commence on the country end of the London bound platform. The work on this platform will be completed by 24 April.

Keynsham residents letter

St James Viaduct and Bath Spa station

We have recently set up a small compound underneath the arches on Rossiter Road, which we are using as a materials storage area. We need to carry out structural investigations on the bridge to assess the integrity of the brickwork which will need to support a platform extension to accommodate the new Intercity Express Trains later in 2017.

We also need to undertake topographical surveys and ground investigation work throughout Bath Spa station for the two week period of work taking place over Easter 2017.

Public drop in sessions

A number of bridges and structures along this route will be affected by the Great Western electrification programme.

No road closures are scheduled yet.

Please come and see our plans at the next session.

Bathnes drop-in sessions

StructureDrop-in sessionClosure dates(s)DiversionAdditional information
All7 February 2017 16.30 - 19:00Brunswick Room, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW
Bath drop in session poster (PDF)
All8 February 2017 16:30 - 19:00St Johns Church Hall, Keynsham, BS31 2BL
Bath drop in session poster (PDF)
All9 February 2017 16:30 - 19:00Oldfield Park Baptist Church, Oldfield Park, Bath, BA2 3JD
Bath drop in session poster (PDF)
All2 March 2017 16.30 - 19.00Brunswick Room, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW
All 3 April 2017 16.30 - 19.00Brunswick Room, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW