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Network Rail has announced electrification work on the Great Western Main Line is progressing in Bristol, paving the way for a new fleet of longer, faster, quieter, and greener electric trains.

The project forms part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan. Work is currently underway to double the number of tracks between Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood from two to four by 2018.

Upon entering service, new tracks will allow more trains to run with more room for passengers, Network Rail said in a statement. Electrification of the track will be carried out in the near future to allow the new fleet to operate along the route.

Network Rail's West of England project director Andy Haynes, said: “We are making excellent progress on our programme in the Bristol area. This essential work will pave the way for electrification and the benefits that this will bring for local residents and commuters.

"Work is currently underway to double the number of tracks between Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood by 2018."

"These include faster trains with more seats, more legroom, less noise, and less pollution for those who live close to the railway line, as well as providing a wider economic boost for the city.

“Further work is planned over the next few months on bridges at Ducie Road, St Marks Road, Bannerman Road and Glenfrome Road. Traffic management arrangements will be in place where possible to allow the work to be safely undertaken and we are working closely with Bristol City Council to minimise disruption for drivers.”

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Network Rail said that it will initiate further projects across the city on track and structures throughout the project to prepare it for electrification.

Image: Bristol Temple Meads station. © Network Rail