Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Network Rail will host a drop-in session in Tormarton near Acton Turville this Wednesday regarding the four-week programme of work taking place from Swindon through to Bristol Parkway, which began on Saturday and will continue until Friday, 15 September.
The upgrade work will pave the way for the arrival of GWRs fleet of brand new trains later this year, which will deliver over a fifth more seats per train, more frequent services and reduced journey times for passengers. These trains will run on electric from December 2018, once the electrification project from London Paddington to Cardiff is complete.
The upgrade includes the installation of the Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) used to hold the wires for electrification, platform upgrades at Bristol Parkway station and the introduction of a flood resilience scheme at Chipping Sodbury to make the railway more reliable.
A spokesman for Network Rail, Dean Shaw, said: “The upgrade will transform this section of the railway as we deliver electrification as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. It is a major programme of work and we would like to invite all residents living near the railway to one of our sessions where they can find out more.”