Upgrading the railway in the Bristol area

What's happening?

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

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

Preparatory work on a key junction east of Bristol Temple Meads is taking place ahead of a major track remodelling scheme planned for next year.

Network Rail also plans to refurbish the station roof, canopies and the platforms as well as creating a new eastern entrance.

Elsewhere, planned rail improvements will also affect train services between Bristol and South Wales as well as some of our Weston-super-Mare services.

A scheme to install a new railway bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane near Patchway at Easter has now been rescheduled to take place in the autumn.

At Bristol Parkway station, improvements to bus-rail interchange facilities have been delayed due to the ongoing public health emergency.

As a result, replacement bus services by the station entrance may be relocated and some parts of the site may be closed off for construction work.

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
  • wear a face covering – since 15 June you require one to travel by public transport, including replacement buses
  • adhere to social distancing guidelines – we’ll have markers and signs around our stations but please also be mindful of this when boarding/leaving trains and replacement buses
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.

How these upgrades may affect my journey:

Important to note:

From Monday 28 December to Sunday 10 January, trains via Bristol Temple Meads will operate to an amended timetable.

Trains that would normally use Platforms 3, 4, 5 or 6 at Bristol Temple Meads will use other platforms instead. 

Useful information

Cycle facilities at Bristol Temple Meads

Network Rail has now removed the bike racks from Platforms 3 and 4 for security reasons and also to enable station renovations to take place.

As of Sunday 6 September, any bikes left on the platforms will have been taken away and these will be stored securely at the station until Friday 6 November.

A new cycle storage facility is now available on Friary and the bike racks outside the station on Station Approach are not affected.

For more information visit the Network Rail webpage for Bristol Temple Meads.


South Gloucestershire Council and the West of England Combined Authority are extending the region’s metrobus network to provide a link between Cribbs Causeway and Bristol Parkway station.

For more details of the Cribbs-Patchway metrobus scheme visit:


Patchway station

During the work on Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge near to Patchway station there will be a diversion in place for vehicle access to Station Road.

Pedestrians and cyclists can still access the station via Station Road and Gipsy Patch Lane during the road closure.

South Coast

Rail improvement work is also planned by Network Rail affecting train services between Bristol Temple Meads and Weymouth, Portsmouth or Brighton.

For more information visit our Wessex page.

Looking ahead

Work continues in the first half of 2021 in preparation for major rail improvements north and east of Bristol Temple Meads with further follow-up work until the autumn.

More details of the impact on trains services will be provided in due course.

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