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Work to begin next summer on electrification of railway through Bath

By Siobhan24  |  Posted: July 02, 2014


Work to begin next summer on electrification of railway through Bath

Work to begin next summer on electrification of railway through Bath

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Network Rail has unveiled more detail about how it plans to electrify the main railway through Bath, promising better services for passengers. 

Work to prepare the tracks is due to take place next summer, with electric intercity trains serving the city from 2017. 

The aim is to give passengers more seats, more legroom, quicker journeys and a more reliable, greener railway system. 

Nework Rail’s route managing director Patrick Hallgate said next summer’s work would be disruptive, but it would be worth it in the long run. 

He said: “The work that we will be undertaking at Bath is part of our wider electrification project, delivering not only a greener and quieter railway but a better service for passengers across the South West. 

“We realise that this work will cause disruption to rail users, but we are working closely with all the relevant parties to minimise that disruption, and when the work is complete, it will pave the way for a massively improved rail service.” 

The majority of next summer’s work will take place at night, so trains can operate as normal for passengers. 

However, some services to and from Bath will be affected during a six-week period from mid-July to the end of August. 

This will include lowering the track in Box Tunnel and installing electrification equipment, completing works at Bath Spa station and installing new electrification equipment in Sydney Gardens. 

Network Rail has been working with local businesses, First Great Western, Bath and North East Somerset Council and Bath Tourism Plus (BTP) to make sure the city continues to run as smoothly as possible while the work takes place. 

BTP chief executive Nick Brooks-Sykes welcomed the news and said he was sure it would be an important development for the city. 

He said: “A fast, efficient and frequent railway connection to London is key to future growth of the visitor economy in Bath. 

“We therefore welcome the plans to electrify the lines and introduce new rolling stock. 

“We recognise that there will inevitably be some short term disruption, so welcome the fact that Network Rail and First Great Western will be working with BTP to minimise this where possible and to support BTP in informing potential visitors of route and timetable alterations.” 

Network Rail is giving people the opportunity to find out more about give their views on the electrification project by going to www.myenvolve.com/project/railelectrification.

Read more: http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Work-begin-summer-electrification-railway-Bath/story-21316791-detail/story.html#ixzz36JTlnlUZ

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