Network Rail is educating passengers and businesses in the south west about electrification work that will provide a more reliable railway for all users on journeys between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway.
As part of the wider drive towards improved technology, environmentally friendly and more frequent journeys, the owner and operator of England’s railways is upgrading the line mentioned above, installing overhead line equipment (OLE) that will be used to hold the wires for electrification.
It is one element of a larger scheme to modernise the Great Western route, resulting in faster, more reliable and frequent journeys; the line between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway is just one that is experiencing upgraded infrastructure in preparation for electrification.
Network Rail is holding a drop-in event on 16 August at the St Michael Centre, Stoke Gifford, where representatives will be available to discuss, and explain the electrification plans, answering any questions or concerns that residents, businesses or other interested stakeholders may have about the installation and upgrades that are taking place.
What this, and the many other schemes taking place to ready the network for electrification illustrate is the importance of the organisations who are able to provide and install the overhead line equipment needed.
The Parliamentary Transport Committee has outlined the importance of electrification to the railway network; this has been enthusiastically welcomed by the wider industry and the line between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway is set to benefit.
Other work that will be undertaken is the erection of masts and wires in the Bristol Parkway area, and equipment will be tested.
David Buisson is Network Rail’s major programmes director. He described the upgrade as “vital.”
He said: “The upgrade in the Bristol Parkway area is vital as we continue to deliver electrification and a more reliable railway for our passengers.”