Updated December 2021

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.

Track maintenance will also be taking place affecting some of the lines in the Bristol area between Filton Abbey Wood and Lawrence Hill.

In addition, a bridge over a canal near Gloucester is being restored by Network Rail, affecting trains to Cam & Dursley or Yate.

To allow this work to take place, no trains will stop at Bristol Parkway, Yate or Cam & Dursley from Saturday 25 to Friday 31 December.

Some long-distance services will use an alternative route, and buses will replace trains to those stations affected.

map of planned engineering works due to take place on the GWR network over Christmas 2021

Download a larger version of this map [PDF]

What you need to know

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 December

No GWR trains will be running on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

Monday 27 to 21:00 Friday 31 December 2021

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

  • an hourly service will operate between London Paddington and Swansea
  • these trains will stop at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway
  • replacement buses will run between Bristol Parkway and Patchway
  • buses will also run between Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbey Wood

Trains will run between Gloucester and Worcester or Great Malvern.

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

  • replacement buses will run between Gloucester and Bristol Temple Meads
  • these buses will also stop at Cam & Dursley, Yate and Bristol Parkway

Trains between Cardiff Central and Taunton will run to an amended timetable.

An hourly service will run between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach.

Other train companies

CrossCountry services will be diverted between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol Temple Meads – extending journey times by around 40 minutes

  • these trains will stop at Gloucester instead of Bristol Parkway
  • buses will replace trains between Bristol Parkway and Gloucester
  • buses also replace trains between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads

Saturday 1 January 2022

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 6 November
  • 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 Journey time
Bristol Parkway - Patchway Hourly 10 mins
Bristol Parkway - Filton Abbey Wood Half-hourly 10 mins
Bristol Parkway - Bristol Temple Meads Half-hourly 25 mins
Bristol Parkway -Gloucester Hourly 45 mins
Bristol Parkway - Yate - Cam & Dursley - Gloucester Hourly
1 hr 20 mins

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

Ticket acceptance on local buses

A valid rail ticket will also be accepted for travel on the following buses during this period:




Bristol - Chipping Sodbury via M32, Coalpit Heath


Bristol - Yate via Fishponds, Downend, Coalpit Heath


Bristol - Yate via Hambrook, Winterbourne, Iron Acton, Brimsham Park


Bristol - Yate via Frenchay, Hambrook, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Coalpit Heat


Bristol Temple Meads – UWE Frenchay campus via city centre, Filton Avenue


City Centre - Frenchay via Montpelier, Gloucester Road, Filton Avenue


Bristol Temple Meads - Cribbs Causeway via city centre, Gloucester Road, Filton Avenue, Bristol Parkway, Bradley Stoke, Patchway


Hengrove - Cribbs Causeway via Hengrove Park, Hartcliffe, Withywood, Bedminster, city centre, Gloucester Road, Filton, Patchway

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.

Night Riviera Sleeper

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

The first sleeper service to run after Christmas will run on the night of Monday 3 January, arriving on the morning of Tuesday 4 January.

As a result, the First Class passenger lounges at London Paddington, Penzance and Truro will be closed from Christmas Eve to Sunday 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.

Download Christmas travel information [PDF, 44KB]

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.

Replacement bus guide

Everything you need to know when buses replace trains on our network.

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