Upgrading the railway in the Bristol area

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.

Some work will take place at weekends; however the line will be affected for 11 days during the Easter period between Patchway and Severn Tunnel Junction.

This will enable South Gloucestershire Council to install a new bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane in support of the Metrobus scheme.

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 roof, upgrade office and retail spaces as well as create a new station entrance at Bristol Temple Meads.


South Gloucestershire Council and West of England Combined Authority are extending the region’s existing metrobus network with the aim of providing a new route between Bristol Parkway station and Cribbs Causeway.

For more details of the metrobus scheme visit:


Patchway station

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.

Bristol Parkway station

Work is underway until the summer to improve bus-rail interchange facilities at Bristol Parkway.

Rail replacement services will not be affected but bus stops will be relocated at the front of the station and parts of the site may be closed off during construction work.

Looking ahead

Network Rail plans to refurbish the station roof at Bristol Temple Meads as well as install a new signal gantry during the Christmas period and into January 2021.

Then, from February 2021, a major scheme is set to start to replace 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.