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Summer rail disruption - it's over.

September 2, 2015 3:29 PM
Here's a statement from Network Rail:
"We have reached the end of the six week project to start preparing the railway line for electrification. We successfully handed back the line, on time, at 05:15 am, on 1 September to First Great Western. The first train to go through Box Tunnel left Bristol Temple Meads at 5:29 am exactly on time.
Over the last six weeks, our 'orange army' did a fantastic job, lowering and replacing 10km of track in Bath and the surrounding area in preparation for the arrival of a new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains. As part of the £50m project, our team also installed 11 new switches and crossings at Bathampton Junction, which enable trains to move from one track to another.
This project is the largest we have carried out to date and is the biggest on the Western route for 40 years. It has been a complex job, given the historic architecture and infrastructure we worked with, but we completed the work on time ready to re-open the line to passengers on the morning of 1 September.

We would like to thank all passengers and residents for their support and patience throughout the six weeks of work.

The scale of the project in facts and figures:

  • more than 100,000 site hours
  • 226 engineering trains
  • 22,914 concrete sleepers replaced
  • 98,889 tons of ballast delivered
  • 163,650 tons of spoil removed
  • 1,394 tons of pea shingle delivered
  • 1,420 tons of sand delivered

If you'd like to see all these statistics translated into images, please click on the link below to see a stunning time-lapse footage showing our 'orange army' working across the various sites, including Box Tunnel and Sydney Gardens.
We hope you enjoy it!"