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Swindon to Kemble £45M rail upgrade begins

Network Rail has begun work on a £45M project to upgrade the railway between Swindon and Gloucester via Kemble and Stroud this week.

The planned work includes reinstalling a second line between Swindon and Kemble - removed in the 1960s - and updating earthworks along the whole route to accommodate new track and signalling equipment.

Work will increase the line capacity from two trains per hour to four.

The upgrade will be also be essential during the planned electrification of the Great Western main line when Bristol Parkway and Severn Tunnel are closed and south Wales trains are diverted along this route over the future years.

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