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.

Network Rail has successfully replaced and remodelled a major junction to improve the track layout on the approach to Bristol Temple Meads.

This has meant changes to some train services this summer and some additional final testing is due to take place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September.

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

How this may affect your journey:

  • Saturday 25 September
  • Sunday 26 September

Online journey planners

Amended timetables for this weekend are expected to be updated in retail systems by Friday 27 August but details may still be subject to late notice changes.

For the latest information, please check again closer to your date of travel

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.

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
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.

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

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

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

Other stations


 Replacement bus stop

Filton Abbey Wood

Station car park on Emma-Chris Way


Church bus stop on High Street

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)

Stapleton Road

To Bristol- Robertson Road bus stop on Stapleton Road

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

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.