Kemble station

UK operator Network Rail has completed the £45m infrastructure upgrade project on the railway line between Swindon and Kemble.

The project included the reinstatement of the second line between Swindon and Kemble, earthwork improvements to accommodate the new track and the installation of new signalling equipment, which will safely control the movement of trains.

Network Rail route programme and project sponsor Simon Maple said: "Now that our work is complete, passengers can look forward to fewer delays and reduced journey times in the future.

"It also means we can minimise the disruption caused by our electrification work and ensure the region gets maximum benefit from a modern, electric railway."

"Passengers can look forward to fewer delays and reduced journey times in the future."

As part of the project, additional signals between Kemble and Standish Junction were installed, the level crossing at Minety and Purton Collins Lane was upgraded and a new footbridge was installed in Stroud.

These improvements aim to increase capacity, which will help to cater future passenger demand, as well as reduce delays for a more reliable service.

Trains from South Wales can now be diverted along the Swindon-Kemble line while Bristol Parkway Station and the Severn Tunnel are closed for electrification work.

Image: Completed Swindon to Kemble works – Kemble station. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.