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.

For the latest information, please check your journey details immediately prior to travelling.

Sunday 9 December

All lines via Bristol Parkway will be blocked to enable Network Rail to carry out essential maintenance work on the railway.

Train
Trains between London Paddington and South Wales will be diverted via Bath Spa and will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway.

Trains between Cardiff Central and Portsmouth Harbour via Bristol Temple Meads will run to an amended timetable due to planned engineering work between Southampton and Portsmouth.

Trains between Worcester and Bristol Temple Meads will terminate at Gloucester.

Bus
Replacement buses/coaches will run between:
  • Bristol Parkway and Patchway
  • Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester (via Filton Abbey Wood, Bristol Parkway, Yate and Cam & Dursley)
  • Fareham and Portsmouth Harbour

CrossCountry trains will be diverted between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol Temple Meads, calling at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway.

Sunday 9 December is also the last date of the Bath Christmas Market - for more information
click here.

Sunday 16 December

All lines via Didcot Parkway will be blocked to enable Network Rail to carry out essential maintenance work on the overhead line equipment.

In addition, trains are also unable to run between Bristol Parkway and Swindon or Bristol Parkway and Gloucester for essential maintenance work.

Train
Trains between London Paddington and South Wales will be diverted between Reading and Bristol Parkway, calling additionally at Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads but not at Didcot Parkway or Swindon.

Trains between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads will also be diverted between Reading and Bath Spa and will not call at Didcot Parkway, Swindon or Chippenham.

Trains between Cardiff Central and Portsmouth Harbour via Bristol Temple Meads will run to an amended timetable due to planned engineering work in the Southampton area.

Trains between Worcester and Bristol Temple Meads will terminate at Gloucester.

Bus
Buses/coaches will replace trains to/from Didcot Parkway and also between:
  • Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester (via Filton Abbey Wood, Bristol Parkway, Yate and Cam & Dursley)
  • Southampton and Portsmouth Harbour
  • Swindon and Reading

CrossCountry trains will be diverted between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol Parkway, extending normal journey times.


Bike Reservations Travelling 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) until spring 2019, 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.

Bristol Parkway

Vehicle access to/from Bristol Parkway station via Hatchet Road will be restricted from 06:00 on Monday 24 December until 04:30 on Thursday 27 December.

This is to enable Network Rail to install new signalling at Stoke Gifford as part of the ongoing project to upgrade the region’s railways.

Pedestrians can still access the station via Hatchet Road but vehicles will need to use Hunts Ground Road access instead.

Bus stops at the front of the station will be suspended during this time and these services will operate from the Ratcliffe Drive bus stops on Hatchet Road.

For more information about this work visit www.networkrail.co.uk/westernupgrade.


Looking ahead…

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 December to Tuesday 1 January.

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.

Work is also taking place in the Southall area affecting services between London Paddington and Reading/Slough as well as in the Guildford area affecting services between Reading and Redhill/Gatwick Airport.

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