Five days of train cancellations due to rail improvement work
PUBLISHED: 16:54 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:54 27 March 2018
No train services between Weston and Bristol will run for five days as part of a £130million railway upgrade plan.
Bus replacement services will be in operation across the area with no trains running to the city from Weston, Milton, Worle or Yatton over the Easter break, courtesy of Network Rail’s engineering works.
Preliminary work to upgrade the signals was carried out over Christmas but further disruption is necessary from Good Friday until Wednesday.
Trains heading south from Weston will run however.
Great Western Railway (GWR) says the improvements will ultimately lead to more services to London.
During the work, there will be no services from the city centre to Bristol Parkway, Patchway, Bath Spa or on the Severn Beach Line.
Services between London Paddington and South Wales will run as normal, although services from the capital to Bristol will terminate at Bath.
Tony Lamb, senior sponsor for the project at Network Rail said: “This Easter we will be delivering our biggest ever signalling upgrade as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.
“Once complete, along with Filton Four Tracking at the end of this year, this will enable rail journeys in Bristol to be transformed.
“The new signalling technology will allow more trains to run, which is vital to meet growing demand.
“In addition to transforming the passenger experience, improving services in the Bristol area will stimulate economic growth in the city, as well as across the South West region.”
GWR says passengers will benefit from almost twice as many trains between Bristol and London with the completion of work to electrify and modernise the line.
New Intercity Express Trains will replace the 40-year-old High Speed Trains and they can hold almost a quarter more passengers and reduce journey times to London by up to 17 minutes.
GWR’s operations director Rob Mullen said: “This work is vital for GWR to be able to continue to deliver the full benefits our new Intercity Express Train fleet is bringing, including seven trains an hour between London Paddington and Bristol and quicker journey times, further supporting Bristol and its economy.”
For more details, visit www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/bristol2018