Last week, Chris Grayling MP, the Secretary of State for Transport visited Bath Spa Station with Ben Howlett, Council Leader, Tim Warren and directors from Network Rail and Great Western Railway. There are many new rail initiatives which were discussed during the visit including clarification that there has not been a cancellation of the electrification project from Bath to Bristol, that it has just been delayed. Even better news for those using the line from Bristol to Bath is the announcement that Bristol East is to receive £15M to stop trains getting stuck when they go into Bristol Temple Meads station.
The visit also saw the works that are underway on the new platforms which are part of the work to allow access for people onto the new high speed trains going into London by the end of the year.
Ben Howlett said of the visit:
“I am delighted to welcome the Secretary of State for Transport to Bath where improving our transport links are a huge priority for me. I am pleased to see the progress being made on the new platforms here at Bath Spa station and as a regular train traveller myself, I am looking forward to seeing new suburban trains coming into service here in Bath later this year.
“The announcement that funding has been allocated to alleviated the delays going into Bristol Temple Meads is warmly welcomed and I am very pleased that so many projects are progressing at this time to help ensure that the commute from Bath is as rapid and comfortable as possible.
“This will make a big difference to passengers who use the trains in and out of Bristol Temple Meads and the West of England.”