Network Rail will be working on the lines around the Bristol area 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.
Please note: At present, 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.
Bristol Parkway electrification
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.
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 will continue to run with some changes
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. Please check your bus pick-up point on station posters. Some will be different to normal
Replacement coaches or buses will operate on the following routes:
Approx journey time:
Swindon - Newport (extending to Cardiff Central at start/end of service)
1 hour 45 minutes
Bristol Temple Meads - Yate
Filton Abbey Wood, Bristol Parkway
Hourly (Sat 13 Oct)
Every 2 hours (Sun 14 Oct)
Bristol Temple Meads - Newport (extending to Cardiff Central at end of service)
To enable replacement buses or coaches to operate there will be reduced parking at the following locations:
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
We can only carry folding bicycles on rail replacement services.
It is best to let us know in advance if you need help with your journey. For details visit GWR.com/AssistedTravel.
Please note there is no step-free access to platform 1 – it can only be accessed via the footbridge from platform 2.
Passengers travelling from the London or Bristol direction wanting to leave the train at Patchway and who require step-free access should stay on board until Newport/Severn Tunnel Junction – change there for an eastbound service back to Patchway.
Those joining trains at Patchway who require step-free access should use platform 2 and travel towards Bristol Temple Meads – change there for westbound services back towards Cardiff Central.
Please note that only the front five carriages on Intercity Express Trains can be platformed at Patchway – ensure you’re in the correct portion of the train to leave at this station.
There will be no step-free access to platform 2 (for services towards Bristol Temple Meads) from Wednesday 26 September until next spring, when the new footbridge will be available for use.
Passengers travelling from Severn Beach or Filton Abbey Wood directions wanting to leave the train at Stapleton Road and who require step-free access should stay on board until Bristol Temple Meads – change there for northbound services back to Stapleton Road.
Those joining trains at Stapleton Road who require step-free access should use platform 2 and travel to Filton Abbey Wood/Montpelier instead – change there for southbound services back towards Bristol Temple Meads.
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.
Customers travelling from South Wales to visit the Bath Christmas Markets on these weekends can travel via Swindon instead, where you can catch a train to Bath Spa.
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.