Great Western electrification starts crucial stage between South Marston and Royal Wootton Bassett
Posted on: 19/04/2016

Network Rail are set to begin the next phase of work for overhead lines between South Marston and Royal Wootton Bassett, who will start digging foundations for overhead lines at the end of this month.

The electrification forms part of their £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan, with aims to provide a longer, faster, quieter and greener electric train service to run a more reliable service. The electrification process is due to be completed by December 2018, and from Wootton Bassett Junction to Bristol Temple Meads by April 2020.

Network Rail’s project director for line of route electrification said,

“Installing these foundations means the residents of Swindon and its surrounding area are a step closer to the long-term benefits that electrification will bring. These include faster trains with more seats and more legroom, and less noise and cleaner air for those who live close to the railway.”

A new bridge, designed to be high enough to accommodate electrification wires, has also now opened at Iver.

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