Platforms are being widened in readiness for the brand new ten carriage trains that will start to operate later this year. This will reduce the stepping distance between platform and train, and mean extra space on the platforms in future. The platforms will also be resurfaced during the works.
Network Rail are going to complete that work between 8 and 23 April. This will mean changes to rail services. Full details are on a dedicated page on our website www.gwr.com/Bath2017
But to give you a general idea, during the week we will operate two trains an hour from Bristol Temple Meads to London. One will travel via Bath Spa and Chippenham, and the other via Bristol Parkway. Journey lengths will be the same, but do check departure times as these will vary from the norm.
We will also operate local trains with hourly services between Cardiff and Portsmouth Harbour, and between Westbury and Bristol. At the weekend, we will not be able to stop services at Bath Spa. Trains will therefore be diverted and replacement buses provided.
The station car park will be closed throughout the whole of April. This will mean customers using nearby car parks at Southgate, Manvers Street or Avon Street. It will therefore be important to allow more time to get to the station if you are driving.
We are also very aware of Bath Rugby Club playing at Twickenham on 8 April and have put a special train plan in place to support fans travelling to the game.
The new trains are bi-mode services and can switch from electric to diesel traction and we expect the first service to operate between Bristol, Bath and London this autumn.
I will keep you up to date on progress and would value your help in spreading the message about the changes to services this April. We will do all we can to make the revised plan as easy as possible for customers and will keep Bath Spa moving throughout.
Mark Hopwood | Managing Director | Great Western Railway