Swindon: Rail Works Headache For Football Fans

12 May 2015, 15:59 | Updated: 12 May 2015, 16:01

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Swindon Town football fans are being warned that no trains will be running from the town's station on the day thousands head to Wembley.

Network Rail are conducting improvement works on Sunday 24th May, as the Robins face Preston in the League One play-off final.

First Great Western will be running additional coach services from Swindon station to Reading, where fans will be able to get a service to London Paddington, with journey times expected to take two hours.

They are also advising people to use Didcot Parkway and Westbury stations.

Patrick Hallgate, Network Rail's managing director for the Western route, said: "The work we undertake over public holidays is planned many months and frequently years in advance.

"Over the late May bank holiday we will be undertaking testing of the new signalling equipment that has been installed at Swindon. This essential testing can only take place when trains aren't running, and for safety and reliability reasons must occur before the new signalling equipment is brought into use. Once in operation this new equipment will help to improve reliability and will pave the way for electrification and the arrival of a new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains.

"We apologise to passengers for the inconvenience caused by this work and urge them to check before they travel through National Rail Enquiries or through train operator, First Great Western.''

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