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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

Modernisation works at Bath Spa and the surrounding areas

From 8 to 23 April 2017 we are working around the clock to modernise Bath Spa station and the surrounding area in preparation for new, longer Intercity Express trains coming into service in late 2017.

All these works are an important contribution to our Railway Upgrade Plan and will help to meet growing demand for rail travel.

Bath Spa station

We will be working 24/7 throughout this period:

  • widening both platforms
  • realigning the track to reduce the curve throughout the station.

This will significantly reduce the stepping distance to and from trains, as well as adding more room for passengers on the platform.

After the main works period, we will need to carry out follow-up works, tamping down the track overnight on the following dates:

  • Monday 24 April to Friday 28 April
  • Sunday 30 April
  • Monday 1 May to Friday 5 May
  • Monday 12 June to Thursday 15 June

This is a noisy process and we apologise for any disruption.

More about planned works and why we plan them over bank holidays

Keynsham station

During weekends and bank holidays from Saturday 8 April to Sunday 23 April, we will be:

  • resurfacing both platforms
  • installing drainage
  • correcting the gradient of the platforms (crossfalls).
Cross Post and Newton Road bridges

Between 8 April and 23 April, we will be lowering a section of track west of Bath. This work will mainly take place during weekends and bank holidays, although some overnight work midweek will be necessary.

Overnight tamping works will follow on:

  • Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 April
  • Monday 12 and Thursday 15 June
Drainage works
  • Sydney Gardens From Friday 14 to Monday 17 April (the Easter bank holiday) we will be working day and night to carry out track drainage works, using a large hose for jetting the system. All works will be from the track but can be noisy.
  • Bathampton and Box Ashley – Drainage renewal works using engineering trains, mostly taking place during weekends and bank holidays between 8 and 23 April. There will be some night time follow up works midweek during this period.
  • Clay and Pixash bridges – Drainage investigation works, mostly during weekends and bank holidays between 8 and 23 April. A large hose will be used for jetting, which can be noisy. Some overnight work midweek will be needed.


To support these works, we have set up compounds at The Gas Works in Bath and at Westmoreland Yard. There is an additional compound at Pixash and a compound at Saltford Yard is being re-established. We aim to have all of these fully operational from Saturday 1 April. There will be increased activity in these areas.

Changes to services

During the period from Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 April, there will be a reduced service running from, to and through Bath Spa station on weekdays. A rail replacement bus service will be running from all affected stations at weekends and on bank holidays.

Please check before you travel by visiting  www.nationalrail.co.uk/easter or www.gwr.com/Bath2017.

Public drop in sessions

We are holding our final drop-in session for local residents on Monday 3 April 2017, where members of our project team will be on hand to answer questions and explain the work planned for Bath Spa station and the surrounding area in more detail.

Bathnes drop-in sessions

StructureDrop-in sessionClosure dates(s)DiversionAdditional information
All 3 April 2017 16.30 - 19.00Brunswick Room, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW