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Train disruption for over a week

Passengers travelling between Bristol and Bath from April 2nd to 11th are being advised to check before they travel as Network Rail carries out work to prepare the Great Western Main Line for the arrival of a new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains.

The work forms part of the company's £40 billion 'Railway Upgrade Plan' and will involve the orange army working round-the-clock to deliver the railway upgrades needed for electrification. The work involves lowering the tracks at Keynsham station and platform modifications.

During the temporary closure, Keynsham and Oldfield Park stations will be closed to passengers and a rail replacement bus service will be in operation. Both Bath Spa station and Bristol Temple Meads station will remain open throughout.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel through National Rail Enquiries or train operator, GWR.

While every effort has been made to minimise disruption for passengers and our neighbours, I'd like to thank the public in advance for their patience and understanding while we carry out this essential electrification work.

Once completed, the residents of Bristol and Bath will be a step closer to the 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 line.

In addition, faster journeys and the ability to move more people by train will also benefit businesses in the area, helping to drive economic growth across the south west.

– Andy Haynes, Network Rail's project director for the west of England

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