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Rail Upgrade Works 2020

Network Rail will be carrying out a series of upgrade works during 2020. Great Western Railway passengers travelling to/from the airport by train are advised to check their journey before they travel as it may be affected.

Upgrading the railway in the Bristol area

Upgrade work is planned by Network Rail during 2020 to support improved reliability and performance of trains serving the region.

Bristol Temple Meads will be the focus of much of this activity, upgrading the station to meet growing demand and improve the customer experience.

Some work will take place at weekends; however the line will be affected for 11 days during the Easter period between Patchway and Severn Tunnel Junction.

This will enable South Gloucestershire Council to install a new bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane in support of the Metrobus scheme.

Preparatory work on a key junction east of Bristol Temple Meads will take place ahead of a replacement scheme planned next summer.

Network Rail is also planning to refurbish the roof, upgrade office and retail spaces as well as create a new station entrance at Bristol Temple Meads.

Bristol Parkway to Didcot Parkway

Network Rail plans to upgrade the railway between Bristol Parkway, Swindon and Didcot Parkway at weekends in February and March.

Trains services will be affected as follows:

London Paddington to Bristol / South Wales – trains will be diverted via an alternative route and won’t call at Didcot Parkway, Swindon or Chippenham.

Bristol Temple Meads to Bath Spa, Chippenham and Swindon – an hourly shuttle train service will operate

Swindon to Didcot Parkway and Reading – buses replace trains

On Sunday 8 March track renewals also affect services north of Bristol Parkway with buses replacing trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester.

Bristol Parkway to Newport

A road bridge at Patchway will be replaced, affecting train services between Bristol and South Wales from Saturday 11 until Sunday 19 April.

Trains between London Paddington and South Wales will be diverted between Swindon and Newport, extending normal journey times by around 45 minutes.

Trains between Taunton and Cardiff Central will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads.

Trains between Portsmouth Harbour and Cardiff Central will terminate at Bristol Parkway instead.

Buses will replace trains between Bristol Parkway and Newport.

Train services will also be affected on the following weekends:

Please note, planned engineering will also affect trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway on the weekend of 2/3 May – see below for details

Bristol Temple Meads to Bristol Parkway

A section of track north of Bristol Temple Meads will be unavailable affecting train services on the following dates:

Trains between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads will run to an amended timetable and operate via Bath Spa only.

Buses will replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway.

CrossCountry train services will be diverted between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol Temple Meads with replacement buses to/from Bristol Parkway.

Trains will also run to an amended timetable due to only two tracks being available between Bristol Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood on the following dates:

Bristol Temple Meads to Bath Spa

A section of track east of Bristol Temple Meads will be unavailable affecting train services on the following dates:

Some trains between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads will be diverted via Bristol Parkway and won’t call at Chippenham or Bath Spa.

Other trains will call at Chippenham but then terminate at Bath Spa with buses replacing trains to/from Bristol Temple Meads.

South Western Railway train services between London Waterloo and Bristol Temple Meads will start/terminate at Bath Spa instead.

Looking ahead

Network Rail plans to refurbish the station roof at Bristol Temple Meads as well as install a new signal gantry during the Christmas period and into January 2021

Then, from February 2021, a major scheme is set to start to replace the junction east of the station, affecting trains to Bath Spa, Bristol Parkway and Severn Beach.

Find out more 

More details can be found at www.GWR.com/Bristol