Upgrading the railway around Bristol

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

As a result, on various dates in 2018 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.

May

Track laying is due to take place to add two additional lines between Lawrence Hill and Filton Abbey Wood on the following weekends:

  • Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May
  • Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May

Buses will replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and, Bristol Parkway as well as between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach.

Further track laying work is expected to take place at weekends in July.

June and July

Electrification work is due to take place between Patchway and Severn Tunnel Junction from Saturday 16 June until Friday 6 July, inclusive.

  • between London Paddington and Swansea, trains will run hourly on a diverted route, adding up to 40 minutes to the usual journey time – not calling at Bristol Parkway
  • between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway, trains will run hourly
  • trains from Portsmouth/Taunton to Cardiff Central will terminate at Bristol Parkway – change here for connecting coaches to Newport, where trains run to Cardiff Central
  • between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Parkway, trains will terminate at Filton Abbey Wood instead, where trains will run to and from Bristol Parkway
  • replacement coaches will run between Bristol Parkway and Newport both direct and stopping at Patchway and Severn Tunnel Junction

Sunday 17 June and Sunday 1 July

  • There will be no direct trains between London and South Wales – coaches will replace trains between Bristol Parkway and Newport, where trains will run to Cardiff Central and Swansea

Upgrade work is planned for the electrification of the line between Bristol Parkway and Swindon on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July (until 14:00).

Trains between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway will be diverted, adding a further 30 minutes to normal journey times, and other services will run to an amended timetable.

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

Track laying is also due to take place between Lawrence Hill and Filton Abbey Wood on the following weekends:

  • Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July
  • Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July

On these dates, buses are expected to replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and, Bristol Parkway as well as between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach.

September

Further work linked to electrification is anticipated for three weeks during September – including weekdays. However, the details have not yet been confirmed by Network Rail.

October and November

To complete the additional tracks between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, work is due to take place between Lawrence Hill and Filton Abbey Wood for three weeks from Saturday 27 October until Sunday 18 November, inclusive.

During this time, buses are expected to replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and, Bristol Parkway, as well as between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach.

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