Campus travel updates

Updates for everyone travelling to the University of Bath

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Changes to nearby rail services

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📥  Public transport

Network Rail is carrying out work to electrify the railway through tunnels between Bristol Parkway and Swindon.

They are also building a new platform at Bristol Parkway station, making everything ready for the new Intercity Express Trains in autumn 2017.

Services in the area will be amended, and some journeys will be extended. Buses will replace trains on some routes.
Bristol Parkway upgrade: 19 August - 15 September

19 August - 1 September

  • High speed services only affected
  • High speed services will call at Patchway, instead of Bristol Parkway – except for at peak times
  • Replacement buses will run between Bristol Parkway and Patchway

2 September - 15 September

  • High speed and local services affected
  • High speed services will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway – except for at peak times
  • replacement buses will run between Bristol Parkway and Patchway
  • local services between Yate and Filton Abbey Wood will be replaced by buses
  • trains will continue to run between Yate and Gloucester, and Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Temple Meads
  • CrossCountry trains will be diverted; and call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway

Cardiff Central electrification work: 26 - 28 August

  • There will be no trains between Newport and Cardiff; with replacement buses running instead
  • Services will continue to run between Swansea and Cardiff; with eastbound trains starting from Newport
  • London services will be diverted, and call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway for further upgrade work
  • The work in Cardiff is part of Network Rail’s programme to lower the track in the area ahead of installing overhead wires by late 2018.

Severn Tunnel and Cardiff preparatory works: weekends of 23 September - 29 October

23 - 24 September, 30 September - 1 October
7 - 8, 14 - 15, 21 - 22 and 28 - 29 October
Over these weekends, Network Rail will be carrying out electrification work in the Cardiff area; as well as track maintenance in the Severn Tunnel.

  • High speed services will start and end at Newport; and run non-stop between Swindon
  • A shuttle service will run between Swansea and Cardiff
  • Services to and from Portsmouth Harbour and Taunton will start and end at Bristol Parkway
  • Buses will run between Cardiff, Newport and Bristol Parkway

Bristol Parkway platform works: weekends of 4 - 19 November

4 - 5, 11 - 12, and 18 - 19 November
Over these weekends Network Rail will be carrying out work on the new platform at Bristol Parkway.

  • High speed services will call at Patchway, instead of Bristol Parkway
  • Replacement buses will run between Bristol Parkway and Patchway
  • Local services between Yate and Filton Abbey Wood will be replaced by buses
  • Trains will continue to run between Yate and Gloucester, and Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Temple Meads
  • CrossCountry trains will be diverted; and will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway

 

Christmas closure at Paddington Station

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📥  Public transport, Travel Update

To allow for electrification and Crossrail works Paddington Station will be closed over Christmas.

There will be a six-day closure, starting on Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24 through to Thursday 29 December.

Trains are likely to be very busy on Friday 23 December, and it is recommended that customers book ahead and travel early if they can.

Trains will start and finish at Ealing Broadway throughout the closure with customers completing their journey by London Underground.  There are no lifts at the station and it is recommended that customers who find using Ealing Broadway difficult, to change trains at Reading and travel to and from London Waterloo.  South West Trains have agreed to accept GWR tickets to support this.

Full details are available here including details on travelling with bikes, sleeper services and Pullman dining service.

 

Second phase of Network Rail works begins on Sat 1 Aug

  

📥  Public transport

As previously mentioned, this summer the £7.5 billion modernisation of the Great Western Main Line reaches the  Bath when Network Rail will be carrying out major engineering projects in and around Bath.

The work, which began on 18 July, is being carried out in two phases - the second of which begins on Saturday 1 August.

The affect it has on rail users is:

  • All lines to the east of Bath (including Trowbridge/Bradford line) will be closed. This is in addition to the continuing work between Chippenham and Bath Spa.
  • All services to/from Bath Spa will run from the west.
  • Replacement coach/bus services will serve stations to the east.

For details of the service alterations during the two phases please click here.

 

Electrification work on train lines begins on Saturday 18 July

  

📥  Public transport

This summer the £7.5 billion modernisation of the Great Western Main Line reaches the historic city of Bath when Network Rail will be carrying out major engineering projects in Box Tunnel and along the line to the east of Bath.

Significant sections of the railway track will be lowered to allow the installation of the overhead lines that will provide the power to the new Super Express Trains. The work will be carried out in two phases the first of which starts on Saturday 18 July, and the second on Saturday 1 August with both due for completion on Monday 31 August. These major works will mean that there will be changes to services that travel through Bath Spa.

To sum up:

  • between 18 to 31 July: There will be a reduction in services between Bath and Chippenham and journeys via Melksham.
  • between 1 August to 31 August: The railway between Chippenham and Bath and Trowbridge to Bath will be closed.

Further details on exactly how this will affect your commute, and what actions are being taken, can be found here.

Cyclists using the railway lines can find information here.

 

Trains to terminate at Bristol TM, on Gloucester line, during August

  

📥  Public transport

This summer vast amounts of works are ongoing to improve, and electrify the Great Western Railway line.

This will cause some disruption to the services on offer.

The latest news is:

  • For those of you who use the Great Malvern / Gloucester to Keynsham / Bath local service, please note that services between Gloucester/Cam & Dursley and Keynsham/Bath will be virtually running normally during the period July 18th – 31st 2015.
  • During August there will be a normal service with some minor re-timings on the Gloucester line but trains will terminate at Bristol Temple Mead (TM). Change will be necessary for three trains an hour to Bath (two fast and one stopper per hour between Bristol TM and Bath) and only one train per hour calling at Keynsham and Oldfield Park.

More information can be found here.

 

 

Electrification of Bath railway - issues ahead!

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📥  Public transport

As previously mention on Travel Update, electrification works are upcoming on the Great Western Line at Bath to greatly improve the service available.

But how will this affect your commute?

Well, in a nutshell:

  • between 18 to 31 July: There will be a reduction in services between Bath and Chippenham and journeys via Melksham.
  • between 1 August to 31 August: The railway between Chippenham and Bath and Trowbridge to Bath will be closed.

For cyclists who use the train:

  • There will be limited capacity on trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath.
  • The rail replacement double decker service between Trowbridge / Bradford on Avon and Bath and between Chippenham and Bath will have no facility to carry bikes.
  • The rail replacement coach service between Frome / Westbury and Bath will have very limited capacity to carry bikes.

Basically the clear message to customers with bikes is to leave them at your local station and then hire a bike in Bath (Nextbike cycle hire scheme, has a hire station at Bath Spa Railway Station, and at the locations shown below).

Nextbike hire locations

 

You can get more information about all the railway disruptions here.

 

 

Network Rail to develop a new overhead electric line

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📥  Public transport

This summer Network Rail is launching a massive amount of work to install a new overhead electric line in Bath.

The modernisation will mean improved reliability; longer, faster trains; and more seats. It will also improve carbon emissions (as the trains switch from diesel to electric) and is bound to stimulate the local economy.

Fabulous news! … Well there is a slight downside; the works will create quite some disruption in Bath, of which you can read more here.