Passengers travelling between Bristol and Bath from 2 to 11 April are being advised to check before they travel as Network Rail carries out work to prepare the Great Western Main Line for the arrival of a new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains.
The work forms part of the company’s £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers and will involve the orange army working round-the-clock to deliver the railway upgrades needed for electrification. This work follows the successful track lowering project in Bath last summer and will involve:
- Lowering the tracks at Keynsham station to protect the historic architecture of its footbridge, while creating the extra space needed for the overhead electric lines that will power the new fleet of electric trains to run underneath.
- Platform modifications at Keynsham station following the lowering of the tracks.
- Replacing the tracks at Oldfield Park station to provide greater reliability for passengers.
- Installing the foundations for the overhead electric lines.
The nature of this improvement work means a temporary closure of the line between Oldfield Park and Keynsham stations is unavoidable. To minimise disruption to passengers, this temporary closure has been timed to coincide with the Easter school holidays, when fewer people use the railway.
Working with train operator Great Western Railway (GWR), an extensive communication programme has also taken place to ensure passengers can make informed travel choices during the nine days.
The electrification preparation work will begin on Saturday 2 April once the last train has run and will continue until the early hours of Monday 11 April.
During the temporary closure, Keynsham and Oldfield Park stations will be closed to passengers and a rail replacement bus service will be in operation. Both Bath Spa station and Bristol Temple Meads station will remain open throughout.