Fri, 24 Aug 2018
COMMUTERS will be hit by another three days of disruption next week as Network Rail carries out the next phase of work ahead of electrification.
Buses will replace trains between Pewsey and Theale from Tuesday, August 28, until Thursday, August 30.
Further three-day closures are also expected in October and November.
In total, the Newbury to Reading route has been closed for 27 days over the summer.
The upgrade work will allow Great Western Railway (GWR) to run new Electrostar trains and IETs – formally called Intercity Express Trains – direct between Newbury and the capital.
As well as commissioning the overhead electric lines, Network Rail will complete track renewal, ballast work and general maintenance works.
Each IET will offer up to 24 per cent more seats than the high-speed train it replaces, which will see more than 4,500 extra seats every day between Newbury and London Paddington from early 2019.
The new electric trains will replace older diesel stock operating between Newbury and London Paddington and a wider timetable is set to accompany the increased seat availability.