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New platform officially opened at Bristol Parkway

Posted on Sunday 13th May 2018 at 10:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of transport secretary Chris Grayling unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening of the new platform.

Secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling was in Stoke Gifford on 13th April to officially open a new (fourth) platform at Bristol Parkway station.

The installation of the new platform is part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan in the west of England, representing a multi-million pound investment and including its biggest ever signalling upgrade which took place earlier this month in the Bristol area. The brand new platform 1 will allow for an increase in capacity on the network, enabling new services to be introduced and reducing delays.

Bristol Parkway is an important station in the west, servicing passengers from Wales and south west England as well as Birmingham, the Midlands and beyond. Train operating companies GWR and CrossCountry will benefit from the increased capacity on the network, and improvements to the track layout will be advantageous for freight companies such as Freightliner.

Unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening, transport secretary Chris Grayling said:

“We are investing in the biggest modernisation of the railways since the Victorian era, delivering better, more frequent and faster journeys for passengers.”

“This vital upgrade at Bristol Parkway is a fantastic example of how we are enhancing rail travel up and down the country, benefiting millions of passengers. These improvements will boost reliability, increase the number of trains serving Bristol and along the route, and also allow new intercity trains to stop at the station too.”

More: GWR will be releasing a new timetable in early 2019 »

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Rail passengers reminded of tunnel closure

Posted on Sunday 11th September 2016 at 8:41 pm by SH (Editor)

Severn Tunnel electrification drilling work.

Severn Tunnel closed for SIX weeks from Monday (12th September). Services to/from Bristol Parkway affected

Rail passengers are being reminded to plan their journeys before travelling, ahead of a six-week closure of the Severn Tunnel to prepare the Great Western Main Line for a brand new fleet of electric trains.

On 12th September the 130 year-old tunnel will close to trains for six weeks as Network Rail’s ‘orange army’ works day and night to install over eight miles of electrical equipment which will power a new fleet of electric trains in the future – delivering more seats, more frequent services, and faster and greener journeys.

From Monday 12th September to Friday 21st October, Great Western Railway high-speed train services will be diverted between Swindon and Newport, increasing journey times by around 30 minutes. These services will not call at Bristol Parkway.

One service an hour will operate between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway.

Replacement buses will run between Severn Tunnel Junction and Bristol Parkway, and between Bristol Parkway and Newport. Journeys involving replacement buses will take approximately 45 minutes longer than normal.

Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour and Taunton services will start and end at Bristol Parkway.

There will be further service alterations at weekends.

More: Patchway railway tunnels also closed over same period »

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