Updated November 2022

What’s happening

Over the Christmas period, Network Rail will be working in the Bristol Parkway area to renew sections of track on the main line between London and South Wales.

In addition, track maintenance will also be taking place affecting the railway lines running between Gloucester and Bristol Parkway.

As a result, no trains will be able to stop at Bristol Parkway, Yate or Cam & Dursley stations from Tuesday 27 to Sunday 31 December.

Long-distance services will use a different route, avoiding Bristol Parkway, and buses are planned to replace trains to those stations affected.

Map of the planned engineering works for Bristol Parkway over the Christmas 2022 period. Full disruption detail is available below this map.

Download a PDF version of this map (PDF, 614 KB)

What you need to know

Sunday 25 and Monday 26 December

Great Western Railway services will not be running on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

Tuesday 27 to Saturday 31 December

Trains between London and South Wales will run but will be diverted between Swindon and Newport – extending journey times by around 25 minutes.

  • An hourly service will operate between London Paddington and Swansea
  • These trains will stop additionally at Patchway
  • Shuttle buses are planned between Patchway and Bristol Parkway

Trains will run between Gloucester and Worcester or Great Malvern.

Trains will also run between Bristol Temple Meads and Westbury or Weymouth.

  • Replacement buses are planned to run between Gloucester, Cam & Dursley, Yate, Bristol Parkway, Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Temple Meads

Other train companies

CrossCountry services will run but will be diverted between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol Temple Meads – extending journey times by around 35 minutes

  • These trains will stop additionally at Gloucester
  • Buses will replace trains between Gloucester and Bristol Parkway
  • Buses also replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway

Sunday 1 January 2023

The railway is expected to be fully open again from this date. However, there may be minor alterations to timetables, so please check carefully before travelling.

Our travel advice

  • check train times carefully – online journey planners are not due to be updated with the latest information until Saturday 29 October
  • allow plenty of time – journeys involving a diverted train service or a replacement bus will take longer than normal
  • check where replacement buses depart from – they may not stop near the station at some locations (see below for more details)

Replacement coaches and buses

Arrival and departure times will usually be timed to connect with train services, ensuring journey times are kept to a minimum.

Route Frequency
Bristol Parkway - Patchway Hourly
Bristol Parkway - Filton Abbey Wood - Bristol Temple Meads Half-hourly
Bristol Parkway - Yate - Cam & Dursley - Gloucester Hourly
Bristol Parkway - Bristol Temple Meads (non-stop) Hourly
Bristol Parkway - Gloucester (non-stop) Hourly

Where to catch our replacement services

The table below shows the bus stop location for all stations affected:

Station Replacement bus stop location
Bristol Parkway Front of the station
Bristol Temple Meads Front of the station
Cam & Dursley Front of the station
Filton Abbey Wood Station car park on Emma-Chris Way
Gloucester Front of the station
Patchway Front of the station
Yate  Yate Station bus stops on Station Road

Any questions about our replacement buses?

Please visit our dedicated web page for all the information you need for travelling on replacement buses including:

  • types of replacement buses we operate
  • travelling with animals, bikes, pushchairs or large items of luggage
  • changing between train and bus
  • accessibility

Please note that fewer rail replacement services may be running than planned due to an ongoing shortage of bus/coach drivers nationally.

If this should be the case, we will provide alternative travel options for customers to complete their journeys.

Ticket acceptance on local buses

As an alternative, rail tickets will also be accepted by First West of England Buses to travel between Bristol and South Gloucestershire using the following routes:

Bus Route
Y1 Bristol (city centre) – Yate
Y6 Bristol (city centre) – Bristol Parkway – Yate
19 Bristol Parkway – Little Stoke Lane (Patchway)
70 Bristol Temple Meads – Filton Avenue (Filton Abbey Wood)
73 Bristol Temple Meads – Filton Avenue (Filton Abbey Wood) – Bristol Parkway
74 Bristol (city centre) – Filton Abbey Wood (Station Road)

Car parking

To accommodate the replacement bus operation at Bristol Parkway, the car park at the front of the station will need to be closed during this period.

As a result, parking spaces in the West Car Park at Bristol Parkway will be unavailable from 00:01 on Monday 19 December until 23:59 on Monday 13 February.

Parking will also be suspended during this period at the front of Patchway station.

Other planned engineering works

Signalling work between Swansea and Carmarthen will mean buses are planned to replace trains on the following dates:

  • Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December
  • Saturday 31 December, Sunday 1 and Monday 2 January

Track renewal work between Fareham and Portsmouth Harbour will mean buses are planned to replace trains on Tuesday 27 December.

Night Riviera Sleeper

The last Night Riviera services before Christmas will run on the night of Friday 23 December, arriving on the morning of Saturday 24 December.

Services will start again on Monday 2 January.

Help with your journey

If you are not able to travel on our replacement services, an accessible taxi can be arranged for you. You can do this by:

  • booking in advance at GWR.com/PassengerAssist
  • speaking to a member of staff at the station on the day of travel*
  • use the Help Point available at all our stations on the day of travel*

*please allow additional time as an accessible taxi may not be available immediately.

Booking in advance is the best way to ensure a smooth journey.

Frequently asked questions

  • Where is the work taking place?
  • What work is being done?
  • Which services are affected?
  • If I’m travelling between London and South Wales will I need to use a bus?
  • What trains will stop at Bristol Parkway?
  • Are trains for Bristol Temple Meads affected?
  • Where can I find timetable information?
  • When can I book Advance tickets or make a seat reservation?
  • Are train tickets accepted on replacement buses?

Still have questions?

If there is something you would like to ask us, get in touch with us via social media. Search for ‘Great Western Railway’ on Facebook or Twitter.

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