Kemble’s improved railway line will boost local economy

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland pictured at the redoubling work site Swindon MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland pictured at the redoubling work site

£45m has now been sunk into the redoubling of the Swindon to Kemble rail line as the ambitious project was finally completed during bank holiday weekend.

The infrastructure upgrade along the route included the reinstatement of the second line between Swindon and Kemble, improvements to earthworks to accommodate the new track, and the installation of new signalling equipment which will safely control the movement of trains.

The new infrastructure provides increased capacity, which will be crucial to meet future passenger demand and will reduce delays for a more reliable service.

These improvements will also be essential to enable trains from south Wales to be diverted along this route when Bristol Parkway station and the Severn Tunnel are closed for electrification work.

Simon Maple, Network Rail’s route programme and project sponsor, 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.

“As is the case with most major works, a certain amount of disruption is unfortunately unavoidable and I would like to thank passengers and local residents for their continued patience and understanding.”

Other improvements incorporated as part of the upgrade project include the installation of additional signals between Kemble and Standish Junction, level crossing upgrades at Minety and Purton Collins Lane and the installation of a new footbridge in Stroud.

Rob Mullen, First Great Western’s general manager central, said: “These are vital infrastructure works to help pave the way for increased capacity and reduced journey times, and better performance and punctuality that electrification and new electric trains will bring for future services.

“We have worked closely with our colleagues at Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum but I must thank our customers for their understanding and patience as we seek to make the improvements that we know they want to see.”

Alex Evason, senior construction manager at Swindon Network Rail, said extra services would not be seen straight away.

“Even though people may not see masses of new trains straight away, the network will have a new artery,” he said.

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson said: “This is the record amount of money put into the railway network since the Victorian times. It is unbelievably important for the economy, and really strengthens Swindon’s hand.

“It is all about driving up capacity, which just makes Swindon an even more attractive prospect for businesses to relocate to the town, creating jobs and prosperity.”

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8:10am Wed 27 Aug 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

How is it boosting the local economy as claimed in the headline.....?
How is it boosting the local economy as claimed in the headline.....? LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: -2

8:29am Wed 27 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
How is it boosting the local economy as claimed in the headline.....?
I think the last sentence says why?
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: How is it boosting the local economy as claimed in the headline.....?[/p][/quote]I think the last sentence says why? house on the hill
  • Score: 6

9:02am Wed 27 Aug 14

South Stand says...

Let's hope that the whingers, oops sorry, villagers, from Kemble will now stop their whinging.
Let's hope that the whingers, oops sorry, villagers, from Kemble will now stop their whinging. South Stand
  • Score: 4

10:28am Wed 27 Aug 14

Oik1 says...

I'm not sure why it makes any difference to Swindon or Kemble, in fact these works make no imediate difference, at the present, apparently, the extra capacity thats been built back into the railway is not planned to be used for somewhere in the region of another 3 years.
I'm not sure why it makes any difference to Swindon or Kemble, in fact these works make no imediate difference, at the present, apparently, the extra capacity thats been built back into the railway is not planned to be used for somewhere in the region of another 3 years. Oik1
  • Score: -2

12:43pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Oik1 wrote:
I'm not sure why it makes any difference to Swindon or Kemble, in fact these works make no imediate difference, at the present, apparently, the extra capacity thats been built back into the railway is not planned to be used for somewhere in the region of another 3 years.
That's no reason for politicians to waste a photo opportunity 😜
[quote][p][bold]Oik1[/bold] wrote: I'm not sure why it makes any difference to Swindon or Kemble, in fact these works make no imediate difference, at the present, apparently, the extra capacity thats been built back into the railway is not planned to be used for somewhere in the region of another 3 years.[/p][/quote]That's no reason for politicians to waste a photo opportunity 😜 Ollie Dognacky
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12:48pm Wed 27 Aug 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

house on the hill wrote:
LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
How is it boosting the local economy as claimed in the headline.....?
I think the last sentence says why?
A one line sound bite..... No details yet again from our local politicians.

The extra capacity will just mean more people going straight through Swindon.

Quote "....even more attractive...", silly me I seem to have missed all the businesses that have relocated here in recent years. Even those businesses that do won't make significant use the railways.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: How is it boosting the local economy as claimed in the headline.....?[/p][/quote]I think the last sentence says why?[/p][/quote]A one line sound bite..... No details yet again from our local politicians. The extra capacity will just mean more people going straight through Swindon. Quote "....even more attractive...", silly me I seem to have missed all the businesses that have relocated here in recent years. Even those businesses that do won't make significant use the railways. LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: -1

1:10pm Wed 27 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
How is it boosting the local economy as claimed in the headline.....?
I think the last sentence says why?
A one line sound bite..... No details yet again from our local politicians.

The extra capacity will just mean more people going straight through Swindon.

Quote "....even more attractive...", silly me I seem to have missed all the businesses that have relocated here in recent years. Even those businesses that do won't make significant use the railways.
I think it is the usual "build it and they will come" syndrome! And most people just go through or past Swindon already, so now they have more options on how to do that.......
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: How is it boosting the local economy as claimed in the headline.....?[/p][/quote]I think the last sentence says why?[/p][/quote]A one line sound bite..... No details yet again from our local politicians. The extra capacity will just mean more people going straight through Swindon. Quote "....even more attractive...", silly me I seem to have missed all the businesses that have relocated here in recent years. Even those businesses that do won't make significant use the railways.[/p][/quote]I think it is the usual "build it and they will come" syndrome! And most people just go through or past Swindon already, so now they have more options on how to do that....... house on the hill
  • Score: 1

2:08pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Traditional says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
How is it boosting the local economy as claimed in the headline.....?
I think the last sentence says why?
A one line sound bite..... No details yet again from our local politicians.

The extra capacity will just mean more people going straight through Swindon.

Quote "....even more attractive...", silly me I seem to have missed all the businesses that have relocated here in recent years. Even those businesses that do won't make significant use the railways.
Businesses that have relocated... Amey, Capita Property & Infrastructure, Atkins, Parsons Brinkerhoff to name a few. All of them taking up office space next to the station.
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: How is it boosting the local economy as claimed in the headline.....?[/p][/quote]I think the last sentence says why?[/p][/quote]A one line sound bite..... No details yet again from our local politicians. The extra capacity will just mean more people going straight through Swindon. Quote "....even more attractive...", silly me I seem to have missed all the businesses that have relocated here in recent years. Even those businesses that do won't make significant use the railways.[/p][/quote]Businesses that have relocated... Amey, Capita Property & Infrastructure, Atkins, Parsons Brinkerhoff to name a few. All of them taking up office space next to the station. Traditional
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8:37pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Driver Stan says...

The doubling is to run the wales trains to london when the works start in the Bristol area.
The doubling is to run the wales trains to london when the works start in the Bristol area. Driver Stan
  • Score: 0

1:55am Thu 28 Aug 14

greenpacer says...

They need a third line for local commuter trains to make things work business wise . And that also includes opening up smaller stations from places such as Purton and Royal Wootton Bassett for these trains to stop at.
The Swindon and Cricklade line once ran to Cirencester. If that was restored then it would bring enormous benefits locally. It would mean more modern traffic, but could run the occasional vintage train. Just a thought.
They need a third line for local commuter trains to make things work business wise . And that also includes opening up smaller stations from places such as Purton and Royal Wootton Bassett for these trains to stop at. The Swindon and Cricklade line once ran to Cirencester. If that was restored then it would bring enormous benefits locally. It would mean more modern traffic, but could run the occasional vintage train. Just a thought. greenpacer
  • Score: 1

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