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.
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.


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:


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 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.

Looking ahead

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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