Network Rail is carrying out vital maintenance work on the Severn Beach line in Bristol during July and August with work starting this weekend to ensure the continued safe and smooth running of the railway.

The upgrade also means that any future maintenance work in the area will cause less disruption for passengers.

The work involves:

  • Removing a set of redundant points near Clifton Down station. Points guide trains onto the right route at junctions, however in this case the points are no longer required and will be replaced with straight track
  • Renewing the Avonmouth Dock level crossing at West Town Road by upgrading the surface and replacing the tarmac either side of the crossing
  • Installing new track between St Andrews Road level crossing and Avonmouth station

The work is being completed over a mixture of weekday nights, Saturday nights and Sunday daytime shifts between Saturday 6 July and Saturday 10 August, with some follow up work in September

As a result of these upgrades, buses will replace trains on three Sundays including 7 and 28 July as well as 4 August.

To keep residents updated Network Rail will be hosting a community drop-in session from 4.30pm to 7pm on Wednesday 17 July at the Avonmouth Community Centre, BS11 9EN.

Paul Armitage, project manager For Network Rail said: “This essential maintenance work will improve performance and reliability for passengers as well as ensuring that the railway in the area is fit for the future.

“Passengers will benefit from a more reliable and resilient railway, with any future maintenance work in the area causing fewer delays to passenger journeys.

“Thank you to both passengers and the local community for your patience while we carry out this vital maintenance work.”

Passengers are advised to check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk or  www.GWR.com/bristol

For more information about the work involved go to www.networkrail.co.uk/city-of-bristol/