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Wiltshire and Swindon

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 Wiltshire and Swindon and when it's due to take place.

The demolition and partial reconstruction of the A3102 bridge in Royal Wootton Bassett over Christmas, 2016. The new bridge will be higher, creating the additional space needed for the overhead electrification wires that will power the new fleet of faster, longer, quieter and greener trains on the Great Western route.

 

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

Swindon Railway Station - Royal Wootton Bassett ( Skew Bridges )

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th June 2017
10.00pm – 8.00am
Local Authority: Wiltshire

Shrivenham  – Swindon Transfer Bridges

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th June 2017
10.00pm – 08.00am

Local Authority: Wiltshire

Hullavington  – Acton Turville ( Luckington Road overbridge)

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th June 2017
10.00pm – 08.00am

Monday 26th – Friday 30th June 2017
8.00pm – 05.00am

Local Authority: Wiltshire

Royal Wootton Bassett ( Skew Bridges ) – Vastern Wharf

Monday 26th – Friday 30th June 2017
10.00pm – 05.00am

Local Authority: Wiltshire

Shrivenham – Swindon Outlet Village
Monday 26th – Friday 30th June 2017
9.00pm – 06.00am

Local Authority: Wiltshire

Brinkworth – Hullavington
Monday 26th – Thursday 29th June 2017
8.00pm – 05.00am

Local Authority: Wiltshire

Dauntsey, near Chippenham

From Saturday 8 July to Sunday 16 July we will be working on the railway line in the Chippenham area. During the closure of the railway line between Chippenham and Swindon we will also be carrying out drainage improvement work at the site. We are lowering the track at Dauntsey, east of Chippenham, to allow the new electric trains to run underneath the two listed bridges in the area.

During the closure there will be alterations to train journeys, so please plan ahead and check before you travel at National Rail Enquiries.

Bridge and structure works

StructureDrop-in sessionClosure datesDiversion RouteAdditional info
A3102 Bath Road bridge, Royal Wootton Bassettn/aA3102 due to reopen on 20 April 2017Diverson route PDFReconstruction to enable electrification. Parapets to be installed in February 2017

Residents’ letter PDF attachment
Hunts Mill bridge, Royal Wootton Bassettn/aA3102 due to reopen on 20 April 2017Diverson route PDFTemporary overnight traffic lights 8 May to 15 May 2017 for parapets work.

Residents’ letter PDF attachment
Corsham aqueductn/aTraffic management in place on Tramways until further noticeRemoval of old aqueduct is due to take place from 21 April – 23 April 2017.

Residents’ letter PDF attachment

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 16 June 2017. This page will be updated regularly.