Upgrading the railway around Bristol

Network Rail will be working on the lines around the Bristol area in 2018 to reduce congestion, cut journey times, increase capacity and improve reliability.

As a result, on various dates, services will run to an amended timetable, buses will replace trains and journey times may take longer than normal.

We strongly recommend that you check your journey before you travel at GWR.com/Check.

Please note: for a temporary period, Network Rail is unable to confirm train timetables as far in advance as usual. As a result, we expect online journey planners will be updated approximately six weeks in advance of rail improvement work. For the latest information, please check your journey details immediately prior to travelling.

Autumn

15 September to 6 October

Week 25 to 28 map

Engineering work linked to electrification will take place around Bristol Parkway for three weeks from Saturday 15 September to Saturday 6 October – including weekdays.

During this time, no trains will call at Bristol Parkway and connecting coaches will run to Patchway, Yate and Filton Abbey Wood.

train

  • between London Paddington and South Wales, trains will be diverted between Swindon and Newport – calling at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway
  • from Great Malvern, Worcester Shrub Hill or Gloucester towards Bristol, trains will terminate at Yate – connecting coaches will run from Yate via Bristol Parkway to Filton Abbey Wood, for trains towards Bristol Temple Meads
  • from Weymouth or Westbury towards Bristol Parkway, trains will terminate at Filton Abbey Wood – connecting coaches will run from Filton Abbey Wood via Bristol Parkway to Yate, for trains to Gloucester and the North Cotswolds
  • from Taunton/Weston-super-Mare to Bristol Parkway, trains will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads – trains will run from Bristol Temple Meads to Filton Abbey Wood, for connecting coaches to Bristol Parkway
  • between Portsmouth/Taunton and Cardiff Central, services amended
  • CrossCountry trains will be diverted between Bristol Temple Meads and Cheltenham Spa – calling at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway

Bus

Replacement coaches or buses will operate on the following routes:

Route:  Calling at: 
Bristol Parkway - Patchway (direct) 
Filton Abbey Wood - Yate* Bristol Parkway 
* some will extend to Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester at the start/end of service

To find out more about electrification, visit GWR.com/Electrification2018.

13 and 14 October

13 and 14 October

Rail upgrade work is planned in the Bristol area on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October.

During this weekend, there will be no trains via Bristol Parkway or between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads, including the Severn Beach line.

train

  • between London Paddington and South Wales, no direct services – connecting coaches will run between Swindon, Bristol Parkway and Newport, an hourly shuttle train will run between Newport and Swansea
  • between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, services amended
  • between London Paddington and Cheltenham Spa, a shuttle train will run between Cheltenham Spa and Swindon, connecting with trains to/from London Paddington
  • from Great Malvern, Worcester Shrub Hill or Gloucester towards Bristol, trains will terminate at Yate – connecting coaches will operate to Bristol Temple Meads
  • from Taunton/Portsmouth Harbour towards Cardiff Central, trains will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads – connecting coaches will operate to Severn Tunnel Junction or Newport for trains run to/from Cardiff Central
  • from Weston-super-Mare, Westbury or Weymouth towards Bristol, trains will terminate at Bristol Temple Meads – connecting coaches will operate to Bristol Parkway and Yate
  • between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach, buses replace all trains
  • between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, services will be amended
  • between Portsmouth/Taunton and Cardiff Central, services will start/terminate at Bristol Temple Meads. Connecting buses will run to Bristol Parkway for trains towards South Wales
  • between Worcester/Gloucester and Bristol Temple Meads, services will divert after Bristol Parkway and will start/terminate at Cardiff Central. Change at Bristol Parkway for buses to Bristol Temple Meads
  • between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach, buses will replace all trains

Bus

Replacement coaches or buses will operate on the following routes:

Route:
Calling at: Approx journey time: Frequency:
Swindon - Newport (extending to Cardiff Central at start/end of service) Bristol Parkway 1 hr 45 mins Hourly
Bristol TM - Yate Filton Abbey Wood, Bristol Parkway 55 mins Hourly (Sat 13 Oct)
Every 2 hours (Sun 14 Oct)
Bristol TM - Newport (extending to Cardiff Central at end of service) (direct) 1 hr Hourly
Filton Abbey Wood, Patchway*, Severn Tunnel Junction 1 hr 30 mins Hourly
Bristol TM - Bristol Parkway (direct) 25 mins Hourly
All stations 50 mins Hourly (Sat 13 Oct only)
Bristol TM - Avonmouth / Severn Beach Clifton Down then all stations to Avonmouth / Severn Beach 45 mins / 60 mins Hourly (Sat 13 Oct only)
All stations to Avonmouth only 1 hr 5 mins Hourly (Sun 14 Oct only)
Bristol TM - Clifton Down All stations 40 mins Hourly (Sat 13 Oct only)
Bristol TM - Severn Beach All stations 1 hr 20 mins Start/end of service only
Bristol TM - Bristol Parkway (XC services) (direct) 20 mins Hourly
* only a few services will call at Patchway on Sunday 14 October

27 October to 18 November

week 31 to 34 route map

Track laying is due to take place between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, including the Severn Beach line, from Saturday 27 October until Sunday 18 November.

train

  • between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, services will be amended
  • between Portsmouth/Taunton and Cardiff Central, services will start/terminate at Bristol Temple Meads. Connecting buses will run to Bristol Parkway for trains towards South Wales
  • between Worcester/Gloucester and Bristol Temple Meads, services will divert after Bristol Parkway and will start/terminate at Cardiff Central. Change at Bristol Parkway for buses to Bristol Temple Meads
  • between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach, buses will replace all trains
  • CrossCountry trains will be diverted between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol Temple Meads – calling at Swindon and Bath Spa instead of Bristol Parkway

Bus

Replacement coaches or buses will operate on the following routes:

Route:
Calling at: Approx Journey time: Frequency:
Bristol TM - Bristol Parkway (direct) 25 mins Every 30 mins (hourly at weekends)
Filton Abbey Wood 30 mins Every 30 mins (hourly at weekends)
All stations 45 mins Hourly
Bristol TM - Avonmouth / Severn Beach Clifton Down then stations to Avonmouth / Severn
Beach
45 mins / 60 mins Hourly (Saturdays)
Stations to Avonmouth only 1 hr 5 mins Hourly (Sundays)
Bristol TM - Clifton Down All stations 40 mins Every 30 mins (weekdays)
Hourly (Saturdays)
Bristol TM - Severn Beach All stations 1 hr 20 mins Start/end of day only
Bristol TM - Bath Spa (Sun 11 Nov, up to 1300
only)
(direct) 40 mins Every 30 mins
Keynsham, Oldfield Park 50 mins Hourly
Bristol TM - Bristol Parkway (XC services) (direct) 25 mins Hourly
Bristol Parkway - Cheltenham Spa (XC services) (direct) 55 mins Hourly
Bristol Parkway - Gloucester (XC services) (direct) 45 mins Start/end of day only


Remembrance Sunday

On Sunday 11 November, buses will replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa up until 13:00 whilst Network Rail upgrades signalling on the line.

Ticket acceptance

train

When replacement buses are running to/from Bristol Temple Meads, train tickets will also be valid to travel via Swindon instead on the following routes:

Between… And…
Cardiff Central Avoncliff
Gloucester Bath Spa
Newport Bradford-on-Avon
Severn Tunnel Junction Chippenham
Dilton Marsh
Freshford
Keynsham
Oldfield Park
Salisbury
Trowbridge
Warminster
Westbury

Bus

From Saturday 15 September to Saturday 6 October as well as on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October, plus from Saturday 27 October to Sunday 18 November, valid GWR tickets will be accepted on the following First West of England buses:


Between: 
1 / 2
Cribbs Causeway - Broomhill / Stockwood 
3 / 4  Cribbs Causeway - Bristol city centre
6 / 7 Kingswood or Mangotsfield - Bristol city centre
8 / 9 Bristol Temple Meads - Clifton / Redland
70 / 72 Bristol Temple Meads - UWE Frenchay campus
71  Bower Ashton to UWE Frenchay campus, via Montpelier
73 Bristol Temple Meads - Cribbs Causeway
X46 / 46 Yate - Bristol city centre
X47 / 47 Chipping Sodbury - Bristol city centre
48 / 48A / 49 / 49A Emersons Green or Downend - Bristol city centre
Portway Park & Ride Avonmouth - Bristol city centre

For more information about bus times visit firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west

Car parking parking

To enable replacement buses or coaches to operate there will be reduced parking at the following locations:

  • Cheltenham Spa
  • Patchway
  • Yate

The car park at the front of Bristol Parkway station will also be shut but around 1,200 spaces are available in the multi-storey car park; there will be only limited parking at Bristol Temple Meads, so we would recommend you don’t travel to this station by car.

Travelling with bike  Bike Reservations

We can only carry folding bicycles on rail replacement services.

Assisted travel  Assisted travel icon

It is best to let us know in advance if you need help with your journey. For details visit GWR.com/AssistedTravel.

Looking ahead…  calender

November and December

Engineering work is also planned by Network Rail affecting services between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway on the following weekends:

  • Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November
  • Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December

During these weekends buses will replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, as well as between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach.


Christmas and New Year

Work to electrify lines between Bristol Parkway and Newport will be taking place over the festive period affecting services from Thursday 27 to Monday 31 December.

Coaches will replace trains between Bristol Parkway and Newport. In addition, upgrade work will be taking place in the Westbury area affecting services to/from the South Coast.

More details will be made available in due course.

2019

Network Rail will continue its programme to electrify the route through South Wales during 2019.

For more information visit GWR.com/Electrification.

Check your journey