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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.
London Paddington to South Wales – trains will use an alternate route between Swindon and Newport, not calling at Bristol Parkway.
Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central – trains terminate at Bristol Parkway; connecting coaches replace trains to Newport for onward connections to Cardiff Central.
Taunton to Cardiff Central – trains will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads; change at Bristol Temple Meads for trains to Bristol Parkway.
London Paddington or Bristol Temple Meads to Taunton – these trains will not call at Weston Milton or Weston-super-Mare.
These stations will only be served by trains that start/terminate at Weston-super-Mare; replacement buses will run between Worle, Weston Milton and Weston-super-Mare.
London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads – trains will start/terminate at Bath Spa instead of Bristol Temple Meads.
Buses will replace train services between:
Trains will still operate from Bristol Temple Meads towards Weston-super-Mare, Taunton and the South West.
Trains run from Bristol Parkway between London Paddington and South Wales as well as towards Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa, the Midlands and beyond.
In addition, trains will also operate between Lawrence Hill and Clifton Down/Avonmouth/Severn Beach.
Download a map of the planned disruption.
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:
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.
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.
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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