A quick reminder about work scheduled over the Christmas period; and which services will be operating.
As part of the Railway Upgrade Plan we are undertaking our largest ever resignalling scheme outside London Paddington in preparation for the opening of the Elizabeth Line. London Paddington will be closed for four days over the holiday period. We have a full plan in place to support customers with alternative journeys, which is on our website at GWR.com/Christmas2017.
As well as the Elizabeth Line work, over Christmas we will be commissioning the new overhead electric line equipment between Didcot Parkway and Maidenhead. This will mean we can roll out the rest of our electric fleet of Class 387 trains and can run our Intercity Express Trains under electric power from Didcot to London.
We will also be able to move more of our Turbo trains to the West of England and South Wales. This will mean additional capacity from the return to work after Christmas. There is still more to do, and we will keep rolling out our trains through 2018, so that in January 2019 we can introduce more journey time savings from the new trains and improved track.
The timetable changes over Christmas were advised a bit later than usual as there were some requests for extra work. There are therefore a small number of customers who have tickets for trains where the timetable has now been revised. We have contacted everyone we can by email or phone. There are some others where we have no contact details and we are therefore using station posters, social and traditional media to remind customers to check their travel plans again before they set out.
We wish you all the best for the season and do please let us know if you need any further information.
Mark Hopwood Mark Langman
Managing Director Western Route Managing Director
Great Western Railway Network Rail