THERE will be no trains between Swindon and Chippenham for nine days as the electrification project continues its journey west.

Network Rail will be working on the Great Western Main Line near Chippenham from tomorrow as part of a £3.5m investment.

The project at Dauntsey and Langley Burrell near forms part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan where track will be lowered under two listed bridges which will allow new electric services to run on the line later this year.

In addition to the track lowering, engineers will be installing a drainage culvert which will help reduce the chance of the line flooding in the future.

In order to achieve this, the line at Dauntsey and Langley Burrell will be closed for nine days from tomorrow until Sunday, July 16. Throughout the closure of the line there will be alterations to services to and from Swindon, Chippenham and Bristol. Buses will replace trains between Chippenham and Swindon.

Samantha Patterson, Network Rail scheme sponsor, said: “This investment at Dauntsey is key to modernising the railway through the area and providing passengers with a better, more reliable railway.

“There is never a good time to close the railway for any length of time but we have looked at all options and worked with GWR to complete this work at a time which will cause least disruption to passengers.

“Our Railway Upgrade Plan is delivering significant investment into the railway network which will provide a better, more reliable railway for passengers.”

A GWR spokesman said: "We've worked closely with Network Rail to minimise the impact to our customers, diverting some trains away from the area and providing a comprehensive replacement bus service as an alternative where necessary.

“Later this year our brand new fleet of trains will begin operating on this route, and this is another key milestone towards providing more seats and greater reliability on train services through Swindon and Chippenham."

Passengers are advised to check before they travel at for the latest information. For more information on the scheme call Network Rail’s 24-hour helpline on 03457 114 141.