Upgrading the railway in the Bristol and Bath area

Upgrade work is planned by Network Rail to further improve the reliability and performance of train services across the network.

This will include planned engineering work around the Bristol and Bath area.

Weekend of 16/17 March

Buses/coaches replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton.

Some CrossCountry trains will be diverted between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton, adding around 30 minutes to the usual journey time.

Weekends of 23/24 and 30/31 March

Buses/coaches replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-Mare.

Some CrossCountry trains will be diverted between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton, adding around 30 minutes to the usual journey time.

Shuttle trains will run between Weston-super-Mare and Taunton.

Saturday 6 April

Buses/coaches replace trains between Bath Spa and Westbury/Frome as well as between Westbury and Chippenham (via Melksham).

Services from Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour will terminate at Bath Spa and then restart from Westbury.

Sunday 7 April and weekends of 13/14 April and 11/12 May

Trains between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads will be diverted and won’t call at Chippenham or Bath Spa.

Buses/coaches replace trains between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads, Swindon and Westbury/Frome as well as between Chippenham and Westbury (via Melksham).

Saturday 11 May

Early morning train services across the central area of our network will be affected by an important signalling upgrade to improve the performance of our trains.

Replacement buses/coaches are expected to operate on some routes until approximately 07:20.

Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central

Work will also be taking place to electrify the line through to Cardiff Central on various weekends and bank holidays until October.

To find out more please visit our Electrification page.

Looking ahead

Work is expected to affect services on the weekends of 19/20 and 26/27 October between Newport and Bristol Temple Meads as well as Bristol Parkway and Swindon.