Keynsham Station to close for works in April 2016

February 05 2016

Keynsham Station will be closed from Saturday, April 2, to Sunday, April 11, as part of a major project to modernise the Great Western route between London and South Wales.

February 2016

Keynsham Station will be closed from Saturday, April 2, to Sunday, April 11, as part of a major project to modernise the Great Western route between London and South Wales.

Network Rail is working on the electrification of the busy route between London and South Wales in what is billed as the biggest investment in the line since Brunel built it 150 years ago.

The stretch between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads will be closed during the improvement works in April.

As part of the scheme, Network Rail has applied to Bath and North East Somerset Council to replace one of the station’s shelters, on the Bristol-bound platform, to allow enough space between the structure and the overhead lines and equipment required for electrification.

The brick shelter on the Bath-bound side will be enlarged and given a new flat roof.

Comments on the plans are being accepted by the council until February 20.

In letter to council planning chiefs, Network Rail said: “The electrification of the Great Western Mainline is a project of national significance and these works are being undertaken to bring the station up to date.”

Network Rail has been holding a series of drop-in events around the area to keep people informed about the project. The next is on Friday, February 19, at St John’s Church from 5-7pm.

During the closure of the station, Great Western Railway will be running an amended timetable and rail replacement bus services, including a bus to Bristol Temple Meads from Keynsham every 30 minutes.