Published on : Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Between Saturday 8 and Sunday 23 April the track is being realigned at Bath Spa, making room for the platforms to be widened. The works also mean that the stepping distance from the curved platform at the station will be reduced by up to 50 percent.
These crucial works will also make way for the arrival of a fleet of new, longer Intercity Express Trains later this year, bringing more seats per train and adding greater comfort for passengers.
Michael Jones, project manager for Network Rail, said: “The modernisation works we are carrying out over the Easter period are absolutely crucial for Bath and the surrounding area. We thank residents and businesses in the city for their patience and understanding as we complete these improvements in order to meet growing demand.
“The Great Western Main line is one of the oldest parts of our network and Bath itself is a world heritage site. Working closely with English Heritage, Historic England and Bath and North East Somerset Council throughout the 18 month planning period, we have developed plans that will bring rail travel into the 21st century, while preserving Bath’s important heritage.”
Trains will continue to run through the station on weekdays during the two-week period of works. On weekends and bank holidays some train services will be diverted and buses will replace trains for journeys into and out of Bath Spa.
Car parking at the station will also be affected between April 1st and April 30th, though the drop-off point and the Blue Badge parking spaces will remain open during this period. More information can be found on GWR’s website.
To complete the work as quickly as possible a total of 62 sites will be worked on by Network Rail as nearly 70,000 man hours are scheduled in just 16 days with around 150 people working at Bath Spa at any one period.