Work on Kemble to Swindon railway line starts
- 26 November 2012
- From the section Gloucestershire
Preparation work to redouble the Kemble to Swindon railway line has begun.
Despite concerns it would fall victim to government spending cuts, the £45m project was approved in March 2011.
Adding an extra track to the 12.5 miles of single track will end a bottleneck between Cheltenham, Stroud, the Cotswolds and London.
The work will include a month-long closure in summer 2013 and several months of evening and weekend closures, Network Rail said.
The section between Swindon and Kemble was "singled" in the late-1960s as a cost-saving measure by British Rail, under agreement with the government.
The redoubled line is due to be fully operational in 2014.