TRAIN services in the Bath area will be disrupted this weekend as Network Rail continues to upgrade the railway.

The essential maintenance will further improve reliability of the rail infrastructure and support improved performance for customers.

On Saturday to Sunday, May 11 and 12 buses will replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Chippenham; Bath Spa and Westbury/Frome as well as between Westbury and Chippenham via Melksham.

Train services between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington will operate via Bristol Parkway towards Swindon.

GWR Operations Manager Rob Mullen said: “We advise those travelling from further afield to check their journey as a series of weekend engineering work continues in the area.

“I thank passengers in advance for their patience while we continue to improve the reliability of the railway before the launch of our new timetables in December.”

On Saturday May 11, signalling work will also affect services until 7.20 am between Didcot Parkway and Newport and between Gloucester and Westbury/Weston-super-Mare.

Buses will replace trains during this period and some services may be amended up until approximately 12pm that day.

Services will be similarly affected by additional work planned in the Bath area on Sunday, June 23 and July 7.

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