What's happening?

The railway in and around Bristol is being transformed over the next few years to pave the way for more rail services so we can move more people, more reliably.

Improvements to the tracks and signalling in the area will ease congestion and enable us to run more trains in the future.

This summer Network Rail is replacing a major junction to improve the track layout on the approach to Bristol Temple Meads.

This will mean changes to some train services from Saturday 10 July to Friday 3 September.

Some trains won’t call at Bristol Temple Meads, journeys may take longer and replacement buses will be running.

During this period you can also use your train ticket on local bus services.

GWR will be operating a revised timetable from Monday 26 July due to a reduction in the number of available staff. To find out more about affected services click here.

How these upgrades may affect your journey:

  • Saturday 10 July to Friday 6 August
  • Saturday 7 August
  • Sunday 8 August
  • Monday 9 to Friday 13 August
  • Saturday 14 to Monday 30 August
  • Tuesday 31 August to Friday 3 September

Ticket acceptance on local buses

When rail replacement services are running, customers with a valid rail ticket can also travel on First West of England Buses instead from Saturday 10 July to Friday 3 September.

For details of local bus routes visit Firstbus.co.uk/bristol-bath-and-west.

Travel with confidence

For the latest advice on travelling with us visit gwr.com/safety.

Our travel advice

  • plan ahead – train and replacement bus times will be different to normal train times, so check carefully before you travel
  • allow plenty of time – journeys involving a replacement bus will take longer than normal
While we work to get back to normal, we may sometimes have to change our timetables. Please check your journey before you travel.

If we do change things after you buy a ticket, you can use any reasonable alternative service or claim a full refund.

Accessibility information

Changing between train and replacement bus at Lawrence Hill

On days when Severn Beach Line services terminate at Lawrence Hill, replacement buses to Bristol Temple Meads will connect with trains.

Please note that there is no step-free access to exit Lawrence Hill station for trains arriving from Severn Beach.

If you require step-free access, we recommend booking in advance with the Passenger Assist Team who will provide a fully accessible service based on your journey, minimising the possibility of delays.

If you don’t book ahead, we recommend changing at Montpelier where a special shuttle bus will run to Bristol Temple Meads. This service will be limited, so please allow plenty of time if you plan to use this service.

Step-free access at Lawrence Hill is available when transferring from replacement buses onto trains towards Severn Beach.

Booking assistance for your journey

If you need help with your journey, try to arrange this in advance by contacting our dedicated Passenger Assist Team before you travel.

You can do this by calling 0800 197 1329 (lines open 09:00 to 20:00) or by visiting GWR.com/PassengerAssist.

Replacement bus stop locations

Key interchange stations


 Replacement bus stop

Bath Spa

Bath bus station


Dalby Avenue car park

Bristol Parkway

Front of the station

Bristol Temple Meads

Station approach road and the Friary (adjacent to the station) 

Lawrence Hill 

(Note: no step-free access when changing from train to bus)

Church Road bus stop outside the station


(step-free alternative to Lawrence Hill)

Colston Girls School bus stops on Cheltenham Road

When trains terminate at Lawrence Hill, a step-free alternative shuttle bus will leave Montpelier from the front of the station


North side of the station (subject to change) 


Front of the station

Other stations


 Replacement bus stop


Bus stops either side of McLaren Road

Clifton Down

Bus stops either side of Whiteladies Road, outside Clifton Down shopping centre

Filton Abbey Wood

Station car park


Church bus stop on High Street

Nailsea & Backwell

Bus stop near the station entrance

Oldfield Park

To Bath- Bus stop outside Mini dealership on Lower Bristol Road (A36)

To Bristol- Bus stop opposite BMW dealership on Lower Bristol Road (A36)

Parson Street

To Bristol- Bus stop on Bedminster Down Road

To Weston-Super-Mare- Bus stop outside Halfords on West Street

Sea Mills

Bus stops on Sea Mills Lane, underneath the A4 Portway bridge

Severn Beach 

Bus stops outside the station entrance


Bus laybys on A4 Portway 

Stapleton Road

To Bristol- Robertson Road bus stop on Stapleton Road

To Severn Beach/Bristol Parkway- Berwick Road bus stop on Stapleton Road

St Andrews Road 

Bus stops on St Andrews Road (A403)


To Bristol- South Road bus stop opposite station
To Severn Beach- Redland Grove bus stop 

Weston Milton

Locking Road bus stops near The Borough Arms public house


Front of the station


Station car park on Platform 1 side of the station

All replacement bus stops will be marked by yellow signs. Directional signs will also be in place where the bus stop is located away from the station.

Useful information

Bristol Temple Meads will be the focus of a great deal of activity in the next few years as the station is transformed to meet growing demand.

As part of the Bristol Rail Regeneration Programme, the station will undergo a major transformation that will enhance the customers’ experience.

For more information about the programme visit the Network Rail website.

An information pack for organisations to share can be downloaded here.

We will be holding several meet the manager events at various stations in the Bristol area where GWR managers will be available to answer your questions. More details can be found here.

Looking ahead

Follow-up work to complete the remodelled track layout for Bristol Temple Meads will take place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September.

Saturday 25 September
  • a reduced train service will run between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads
  • buses will replace stopping trains between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads
  • trains from Severn Beach towards Bristol Temple Meads will terminate at Lawrence Hill
Sunday 26 September
  • buses will replace trains between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads
  • trains for London Paddington from Bristol Temple Meads will continue to run but won’t stop at Bath Spa or Chippenham
  • trains between Filton Abbey Wood and Bath Spa will continue to run but won’t call at Bristol Temple Meads