Rail works begin!

Bath starts to be directly affected by the massive and costly construction programme Network Rail have underway to electrify the main line from Paddington down to Bristol and beyond.

The Great Western line through Sydney Gardens.

The Great Western line through Sydney Gardens.

From today – Saturday, July 18th – to the end of the month, the line between Chippenham and Bathampton Junction will be closed. This will result in a reduced number of services from Bath Spa towards London to one train per hour and they will be diverted via Westbury.

You will of course be able to get to London via Bristol.

From August 1st to the 31st the line between Chippenham and Bath Spa will be closed – as will the line between Westbury and Bathampton Junction.

This means there will be no trains running between Westbury, Freshford and Avoncliff to Bath Spa and journeys towards  London from Bath Spa will be routed via Bristol Temple Meads and Parkway.

This huge engineering undertaking in our area will be carried out over six weeks during which time the track will be lowered in a number of places through Bath and in Box Tunnel. In some places – but not World Heritage Bath – some bridges have to be demolished and reconstructed to give safe clearance for the new overhead electric line equipment.

Keep up to date with developments via http://www.networkrail.co.uk/great-western-route-modernisation/banes/