Wiltshire and Swindon

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

The following film below marks the start of electric services between London Paddington and Swindon in November 2018. This was a crucial milestone in our project to electrify the railway between London and Cardiff, paving the way for longer, quieter, cleaner trains.

Westbury upgrade work

We are renewing the track at Westbury North Junction to improve safety, reliability and performance. We are also modifying the signals and the platforms at Westbury station, to accommodate longer, cleaner trains.

We’ll be working day and night when the railway is closed from 00.40 on Sunday 23 December to 04.40 on Friday 4 January.  Please see the factsheet below for details, including preparatory work in the run-up to Christmas and follow-up work in 2019.

Find out more at our drop-in event between 5pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday 5 December at The Laverton, Bratton Road, Westbury, BA13 3EN, when members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions.

Rail services via Westbury will be diverted or replaced by buses from Sunday 23 December to Thursday 3 January inclusive. Please visit gwr.com/Christmas for further details or plan your journey at nationalrail.co.uk

Westbury Upgrade Factsheet

Working responsibly

We know that our work to improve the railway may cause some disruption and noise for local communities. We do our very best to limit this and appreciate your patience and understanding.

For example, we often have to carry out some of the work at night when trains aren’t running. This is because we’re contractually obliged to work at times that have the least impact on passenger services, and because we must ensure the safety of our workforce.

If roads or footpaths need to be closed temporarily because of bridge work, we agree diversionary routes with the local council. And we are committed to completing the work quickly, so the road can be reopened as soon as possible.

Last updated 03 December 2018. This page will be updated regularly.