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Advance notice - Electrifying the rail line and updating Bath Spa station

posted 30 Jan 2015, 07:16 by Parish Council Communications
The Great Western Mainline is being electrified as part of the route modernisation programme.

From summer 2017 passengers will benefit from:
  • New electric intercity trains 
  • More reliable journeys thanks to upgraded signalling
  • Longer and wider platforms with reduced gap
  • Reduced carbon emissions 
  • A greener, quieter service with more seats and tables for rail users
For a period of 6 weeks in summer 2015 there will be a rolling programme of train service changes but there will still be direct trains running to Bristol, Cardiff and London via Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway. Please see the details below for an overview of key service changes. Bath Spa station and the surrounding areas remain open for business throughout the works. 

18th – 31st July 2015
  • Trains between Chippenham and Bath diverted
  • 1 train per hour Chippenham to London
  • 1 train per hour Bath to London 
1st– 31st August 2015
  • Intensive road service from Bath to Westbury for trains to Salisbury, Southampton, Portsmouth and Weymouth
  • 3 trains per hour to London or Cardiff/Gloucester via Bristol Temple Meads
For anyone interested in finding out more, Network Rail and First Great Western are running 'drop in' sessions to share information on these works:
  • Bath, Monday 2nd February, 4pm - 7.30pm. Brunswick Room, the Guildhall, High Street, Bath BA1 5AW
  • Frome, Tuesday 10th February, 4pm - 7.30pm. Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Frome. BA11 1BE