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.
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.