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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 Broad Town bridge in Royal Wootton Bassett took place over the May bank holiday 2016. The new bridge is higher, creating the additional space needed for the overhead electrification wires that will power the new fleet of faster, longer, quieter and greener electric trains to run underneath.


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

Royal Wootton Bassett

The Broad Town/Marlborough Road bridge has reopened to traffic following its reconstruction. We are now working on the Bath Road and Hunts Mill bridges on the A3102 until early spring in order to prepare them for the new fleet of electric trains. During this time, vehicles will need to follow a signed diversion route. For details, please see the table below.

Piling work

We're undertaking piling work in the areas shown below on Saturday 14 - Friday 20 January 2017. Please note that this schedule could change at short notice for operational reasons.

Before starting the work we may need to clear overgrown vegetation alongside the line.

Find out more about why and how we manage vegetation

If you have any questions about piling, please refer to our piling FAQ.

Tockenham Wick
Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 January 2017
11.00pm – 09.00am
Local Authority: Wiltshire

Brinkworth – Little Somerford
Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 January 2017
10.00pm – 08.00am
Local Authority: Wiltshire

Tockenham Wick - Dauntsey
Monday 23 January – Friday 27 January 2017
9.00pm – 06.00am
Local Authority: Wiltshire

Uffington – Swindon Outlet Village
Monday 23  – Friday 27 January 2017
8.30pm – 06.00am
Local Authority: Wiltshire

Swindon Outlet Village – Royal Wootton Bassett (Skew Bridges)
Wednesday 25 – Friday 27 January 2017
9.00pm – 06.00am
Local Authority: Wiltshire

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 13 January 2017. This page will be updated regularly.