Network Rail has released timelapse footage from its biggest ever track renewals project.
The video shows the scale of the six-week project to lower and replace track in and around Bath this summer.
The £50M project – a critical part of preparations for electrification of the Great Western main line – included lowering and replacing 10km of track.
This created the additional headroom needed for the overhead lines that will power a fleet of electric trains to run underneath, while preserving Bath’s historic architecture.
Network Rail project director for the west of England Andy Haynes said: “We always knew this was going to be a complex project given the historic architecture and infrastructure we were working around, but I’m pleased to say all work was completed on time.
“Now this preparation work has been carried out, we will be able to install the overhead line equipment that will be used to power the new electric trains. These trains will provide passengers with more seats and faster journeys, while significantly reducing noise and pollution for those who live close to the railway line.”