Trains from Bristol to London will be more frequent from next year after Network Rail announced its largest ever signalling upgrade in the region.
A key part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, the £130 million signalling upgrade in Bristol will disrupt the network during Easter, as engineers need access to elements of the track from Bristol Temple Meads.
As well as signalling upgrades, the work will see new tracks built alongside Filton bank.
The end result of all this work will make both London and Bristol much more accessible for passengers and businesses, with more frequent and faster services.
As well as this, there will be an increase of up to 24% in the number of seats on each train, resulting in even less waiting times.
Tony Lamb is the senior sponsor for the project at Network Rail. He explained the benefits of the scheme.
He said: “A huge effort has been made to now be in a position to deliver Network Rail’s biggest ever signalling upgrade this year as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.
“Once complete, along with Filton Four Tracking at the end of this year, rail journeys in Bristol will be transformed with more seats, quicker journeys and more services.”
The upgrades won’t stop there for services that run through Bristol, as Great Western Railway (GWR) has also announced the introduce new Intercity Express Trains onto the network to replace the 40-year-old High Speed Trains, which will see the number of services from Bristol to London increase from four to seven, giving businesses a greater gateway to both cities.
It continues Network Rail’s significant investment in the rail network, which has already seen £48 billion allocated from next year for the next five years.
The new signalling and tracks will be ready by January 2019, in time for the introduction of GWR’s new timetable.