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Signalling staff are due to start industrial action today in a dispute over the dismissal of a colleague in Swindon.
Signalmen at Swindon A and Thames Valley Signalling Centres are refusing to work any overtime for two weeks.
Network Rail say they are taking steps to reduce the impact on services and are continuing to negotiate with the RMT union.
The 'orange army' is almost halfway to getting Bath's railway ready for electrification.
The track is being lowered through the area's historic Dundas Aqueduct to protect Bath’s architecture, and make room for overhead lines to power faster electric trains.
The line is expected to reopen on September 1st.
The planned rail strike on bank holiday Monday has been cancelled after the TSSA and RMT unions received a new pay offer from Network Rail.
The industrial action has been called off pending the outcome of a meeting with Network Rail representatives next week.
We are pleased that strike action has been called off for 25/26 May and we expect to be able to run our full advertised timetable.
There is to be a rail strike during the bank holiday weekend - Network Rail employees in the RMT and TSSA unions have voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay, affecting services on bank holiday Monday (25 May), as well as Tuesday 26 May and the morning of Wednesday 27 May.
First Great Western say refunds are available for customers who have already bought tickets during the strike period, and those with tickets for travel on Monday and Tuesday may also be use them on Sunday Wednesday.
They hope to operate the following services in our region:
- Paddington – Bristol Temple Meads, calling at Reading Didcot, Swindon, Chippenham, Bath and Bristol, extended to Weston-Super-Mare and Taunton during peak: Hourly
- Swindon – Bristol, calling at Chippenham, Bath Spa, Oldfield Park, Keynsham, Bristol Temple Meads: Hourly
- Bristol Parkway – Weston-Super-Mare, calling at Filton, Stapleton Road, Lawrence Hill, Bristol Temple Meads, Bedminster, Parson St, Nailsea and Backwell, Yatton, Worle, Weston Milton and Weston-Super-Mare: Hourly
- Cardiff – Taunton, calling at Newport, Severn Tunnel Juncton, Patchway, Filton Abbey Wood, Bristol Temple Meads, Nailsea, Yatton, Worle, Weston-Super-Mare, Highbridge, Bridgwater and Taunton: Hourly
- Paddington – Plymouth, calling at Reading, Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads, Taunton, Tiverton, Exeter, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Totnes, Ivybridge (select trains only) and Plymouth: Hourly
The following services will not be running in our region from 00:01 Monday 25 May, and will be in delays on the Wednesday morning:
- Between Swindon and Gloucester/Cheltenham
- Between Bath Spa and Portsmouth Harbour
- Between Reading and Taunton
- On Severn Beach branch line
- North Cotswolds line, from Oxford and calling at Worcester and Hereford
Rail companies say they've prepared contingency plans to make sure passengers get home if weekend engineering works overrun.
Services across the west country have been disrupted over Easter because of work taking place further up the line at Reading. Network Rail has promised to prevent a repeat of the chaos that happened over Christmas.
It's a real consideration, and we've been working closely with Network Rail to ensure that there are contingency plans in place should that happen. We'll be letting people know as soon as we know if there's a problem, but at the moment everything is running to time.
Delays continue until at least 9am on First Great Western services between Bristol Temple Meads/Weston-super-Mare/London Paddington and Portsmouth Harbour and on Cross Country services between Bath Spa and Glasgow.
It follows an earlier incident on the line near Keynsham and is adding up to 60 minutes to journeys.
A train traveling from London Paddington became stuck in floodwater at Pound Pill in Corsham in the early hours of this morning. 90 passengers were on the train, which came to a halt in a cutting where water was up to a metre deep in places.
All the passengers were rescued from the train by 0600 this morning.
The train is still blocking the track causing major disruption to rail services in the region.
Services to and from Bristol Temple Meads are unable to call at Chippenham. Trains are being diverted via an alternative route, adding around 45 minutes to journey times.
We are trying to arrange rail replacement trains and tickets will be accepted on local transport and other trains.