Upgrading the railway around Bristol

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

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.

trainTrains

  • 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

BusBuses

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 hour 45 minutes Hourly
Bristol Temple Meads - Yate Filton Abbey Wood, Bristol Parkway 55 minutes Hourly (Sat 13 Oct)
Every 2 hours (Sun 14 Oct)
Bristol Temple Meads - Newport (extending to Cardiff Central at end of service) (direct) 1 hour Hourly
Filton Abbey Wood, Patchway*, Severn Tunnel Junction 1 hour 30 minutes Hourly
Bristol Temple Meads - Bristol Parkway (direct) 25 minutes Hourly
All stations 50 minutes Hourly (Sat 13 Oct only)
Bristol Temple Meads - Avonmouth / Severn Beach Clifton Down then all stations to Avonmouth / Severn Beach 45 minutes / 60 minutes Hourly (Sat 13 Oct only)
All stations to Avonmouth only 1 hour 5 minutes Hourly (Sun 14 Oct only)
Bristol Temple Meads - Clifton Down All stations 40 minutes Hourly (Sat 13 Oct only)
Bristol Temple Meads - Severn Beach All stations 1 hour 20 minutes Start/end of service only
Bristol Parkway - Pilning (direct)  23 minutes 07:37 and 14:37 (Saturday only)
Pilning - Bristol Parkway (direct) 23 minutes 08:00 and 15:00 (Saturday only)
Bristol Temple Meads - Bristol Parkway (XC services) (direct) 20 minutes Hourly
* only a few services will call at Patchway on Sunday 14 October

27 October to 18 November

Filton Bank 4-tracking

week 31 to 34 route map

To provide extra capacity on this busy route, two new tracks will be laid between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, from Saturday 27 October until Sunday 18 November - including weekdays.

trainTrains

  • between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, services will continue to run, with some minor changes
  • between Portsmouth/Taunton and Cardiff Central, services will run between Portsmouth/Taunton and 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 run to Cardiff Central. Change at Bristol Parkway for coaches to Bristol Temple Meads
  • between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach, buses will replace all trains. Please check your bus pick-up point on station posters. Some will be different to normal
  • CrossCountry trains will be diverted between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol Temple Meads – calling at Swindon and Bath Spa instead of Bristol Parkway

BusBuses

Replacement coaches or buses will operate on the following routes:

Route:
Calling at: Approx Journey time: Frequency:
Bristol Temple Meads - Bristol Parkway (direct) 25 minutes Every 30 minutes (hourly at weekends)
Filton Abbey Wood 30 minutes Every 30 minutes (hourly at weekends)
All stations 45 minutes Hourly
Bristol Temple Meads - Avonmouth / Severn Beach Non-stop to Clifton Down then all stations to Avonmouth / Severn
Beach (weekdays and Saturdays)
45 minutes / 60 minutes Hourly 
All stations to Avonmouth only (Sunday only)  1 hour 5 minutes Hourly 
Bristol Temple Meads - Clifton Down All stations 40 minutes Every 30 minutes (weekdays)
Hourly (Saturdays)
Bristol Temple Meads - Severn Beach All stations 1 hour 20 minutes Start/end of day only
Bristol Temple Meads - Bath Spa (Sun 11 Nov, up to 13:00
only)
(direct) 40 minutes Every 30 minutes
Keynsham, Oldfield Park 50 minutes Hourly
Bristol Temple Meads - Bristol Parkway (XC services) (direct) 25 minutes Hourly
Bristol Parkway - Cheltenham Spa  (direct) 55 minutes Hourly
Bristol Parkway - Gloucester  (direct) 45 minutes 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

trainTrains

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

BusBuses

Valid GWR tickets will be accepted on the following First West of England buses on these dates:

  • Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October
  • Saturday 27 October to Sunday 18 November

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
19 / 19A Bath - Cribbs Causeway & Bristol Parkway, via Kingswood 
 Y1 / Y2 Chipping Sodbury - Bristol city centre, via Yate and Badminton Road  
Y3 / Y4 Chipping Sodbury - Bristol city centre, via Winterbourne
Y5 Chipping Sodbury - Bristol city centre / Southmead Hospital, via Yate and Fishponds
Y6 Chipping Sodbury - Southmead Hospital, via Yate and Bristol Parkway
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

ParkingCar 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.

Bike ReservationsTravelling with bike

We can only carry folding bicycles on rail replacement services.

Assisted travel icon Assisted travel

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

Patchway

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.

Stapleton Road

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.

Calender Looking ahead…

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.

For more information visit GWR.com/Christmas.

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

Travelling at Christmas?

Your journey may be affected by rail upgrade work.

Find out more at GWR.com/Christmas