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Upgrade work is planned by Network Rail during 2020 to support improved reliability and performance of trains serving the region.
Bristol Temple Meads will be the focus of much of this activity, upgrading the station to meet growing demand and improve the customer experience.
Preparatory work on a key junction east of Bristol Temple Meads will take place ahead of a replacement scheme planned next summer.
Network Rail is also planning to refurbish the station roof, plus office and retail spaces as well as creating a new eastern entrance.
Rail improvement work is also taking place in 2020 affecting South Wales services.
Plans to install a new railway bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane near to Patchway station were unable to go ahead at Easter due to the coronavirus situation.
It is expected this scheme will be completed at a later date this year and we will communicate this at the earliest opportunity.
Timetables may be subject to late notice alterations and those key workers who still need to travel should check journey details as close to the date of travel as possible.
Improvement work will be taking place to upgrade the railway line between Pilning and Severn Tunnel Junction.
This will affect train services to/from South Wales on Sunday 31 May, up until 15:45.
Trains between London Paddington and South Wales will divert via an alternative route between Swindon and Newport and won’t call at Bristol Parkway.
Other trains will terminate at Bristol Parkway, where connecting coaches will operate to Newport for onward train connections to Cardiff Central/Swansea.
Trains that normally run between Portsmouth Harbour and Cardiff Central will run to Bristol Temple Meads until 12:30 when these will run to Bristol Parkway instead.
Connecting coaches will be operating between Bristol Temple Meads and Newport until 12:30.
Trains will run to an amended timetable due to only two tracks being available between Bristol Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood on the following dates:
Train services will also be amended between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway/Severn Beach on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October.
Trains between Cardiff Central and Portsmouth Harbour will still operate but won’t call at Bristol Temple Meads.
Trains from Cardiff Central to Taunton will be diverted via Bristol Parkway and terminate at Gloucester/Great Malvern instead.
Trains from Taunton to Cardiff Central or from Weymouth to Gloucester/Great Malvern will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads.
A limited train service will run between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway.
Buses replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Lawrence Hill on the Saturday and between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach on the Sunday.
CrossCountry trains will operate a reduced service via Bristol Temple Meads on both dates.
Track renewals between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa will affect train services on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September.
Some trains between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads will be diverted via Bristol Parkway and these won’t call at Chippenham or Bath Spa.
Other long-distance train services will call at Chippenham but will start/terminate at Bath Spa, where buses replace trains to/from Bristol Temple Meads.
Trains from Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central will divert via Melksham and Chippenham and terminate at Swindon, where trains will run towards South Wales.
Trains from Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads with buses replacing trains to/from Bath Spa.
Trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Westbury or Weymouth will start/terminate at Bath Spa, where buses will run to/from Bristol Temple Meads.
South Western Railway train services between London Waterloo and Bristol Temple Meads will start/terminate at Bath Spa instead.
South Gloucestershire Council and West of England Combined Authority are extending the region’s metrobus network with the aim of providing a link between Cribbs Causeway and Bristol Parkway.
For more details of the Cribbs-Patchway metrobus scheme visit:
During the work on Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge at Patchway there will be no vehicle access via Station Road for approximately eight months.
An alternative route for vehicles via Clay Lane and Little Stoke Lane will be signposted.
Pedestrians and cyclists can still access the station via Station Road and Gipsy Patch Lane during the road closure.
Work to improve the existing bus-rail interchange facilities at Bristol Parkway are currently on hold due to the coronavirus situation.
Rail replacement services will not be affected but bus stops may be relocated at the front of the station and parts of the site may be closed off during construction work.
Network Rail plans to refurbish the station roof at Bristol Temple Meads during the Christmas and New Year period as well as installing a new signal gantry.
From February 2021, a major scheme is set to get underway replacing the junction east of the station, affecting trains to Bath Spa, Bristol Parkway and Severn Beach.
More details of the impact on services will be provided in due course.
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