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South Wales Mainline Electrification

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Re: South Wales Mainline Electrification

PostWed Jul 26, 2017 12:20 pm

Simon__200 wrote:What's the August disruption in the Severn Tunnel then? It's being described as electrification in the news.


From National Rail website;

During late summer and autumn 2017 Network Rail are undertaking a key part of the Great Western Modernisation by electrifying the railway through tunnels between Bristol Parkway and Swindon. They are also constructing a new platform at Bristol Parkway station to increase capacity. Work will also be taking place in Cardiff, part of Network Rail’s programme to lower the track in the area ahead of installing overhead wires by late 2018.
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Re: South Wales Mainline Electrification

PostWed Jul 26, 2017 3:15 pm

I was going by this article
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-sout ... s-40702453

Rail services between Cardiff and Newport will be cut for two months because of upgrade work.
Between 19 August and 3 September, trains will be reduced with buses replacing trains over the bank holiday.
Then from 23 September to 29 October, a second phase of work to prepare the line for electrification will see services reduced again.
During this period, the Severn Tunnel will also close on weekends for maintenance with trains diverted.

Electric trains are set to start running between Cardiff and London in the autumn.
Network Rail's Andy Thomas said: "We recognise that passengers will face some disruption, and we understand how frustrating this can be but this work is essential in preparing Cardiff for new electric trains."
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Re: South Wales Mainline Electrification

PostWed Jul 26, 2017 7:00 pm

Severn Tunnel will also close on weekends for maintenance


Could they not have done it when it was closed for 2 months last year?

This is why this project's spending is out of control.
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