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This summer we’re upgrading a major junction near Bristol Temple Meads.

When completed, eight weeks of track work will bring better journeys for passengers in the Bristol area.

Track upgrades 10 July 2021 – 3 September 2021

Upcoming work

From Saturday 10 July to Friday 3 September, we are changing the track layout at a major junction on the approach to Bristol Temple Meads.

This work will affect train services to varying degrees over the eight weeks with timetable alterations, diversions and rail replacement services in place on some routes.

During this period we’re also completing further preparations for our roof restoration and are starting work on a new eastern entrance.

Remember to check your journey before you travel:

What's happening this summer?

Track upgrades

Over eight weeks, from Saturday 10 July to Friday 3 September, we will be removing old track, points and ballast (track stone), as well as old signalling equipment and a gantry. We will then be installing brand new tracks in a clever new layout  that will allow trains to come in and out of Bristol Temple Meads more easily, meaning less delays and better journeys. An extra line is also being introduced to support additional suburban services being planned for the future.

New gantry at Bristol East Junction
New gantry at Bristol East Junction

Additional work at Bristol Temple Meads

Additional work on the Bristol Temple Meads roof renovation and eastern entrance project will take place alongside our track upgrades this summer, making the most of the opportunity while train services are disrupted.

This includes creating foundations for the new eastern entrance as well as footings in the subway for the scaffolding that is supporting our roof project.

We will also be working on platform and forecourt canopies.


To get ready for this summer's track upgrades, and reduce the length of disruption for passengers this summer, we’ve already replaced sections of track and points, moved and replaced signals, installed a larger gantry and relocated trackside outbuildings to make way for the new layout.

While our work is taking place, we’ll make sure you can still get wherever you’re going. Some trains will be diverted and others will be replaced by buses. Please keep checking nationalrail.co.uk or GWR.com/Bristol for updates.

Crane lifting gantry for Bristol East Junction
Construction work at Bristol East Junction
Night track installation at Bristol East Junction
Bristol Temple Meads regeneration track work

Bristol Temple Meads

Bristol Temple Meads is at the heart of future regeneration plans for the city and the wider region that will see it become a truly world-class transport hub.

A programme of renovations is underway that, once complete, will bring a brighter welcome to the city and a better experience for our passengers. We are proud to be preserving Bristol’s oldest station for future generations.

Refurbishing the roof 

Over the next couple of years, our specialist teams will be repairing, painting and glazing the iconic roof of over Bristol Temple Meads, including the canopies on platforms and the station forecourt.

The main train shed will be brought back to its former glory with a brand new glass roof, and all the paintwork will be stripped back and refreshed, with a fresh protective coating in a new colour scheme.

Scaffolding towers at Bristol Temple Meads
Bristol Temple Meads station roof

To support this work we are currently installing scaffolding on platforms 3 – 6 and a huge safety screen over the tracks. This will give workers access to the structure, while protecting customers and staff from the work overhead. The work site will also be fully wrapped to prevent dust and other materials from escaping into the station below

On an ongoing basis we are also completing metal and timber repairs to the platform canopies and those on the station forecourt.

The roof renovations at Bristol Temple Meads are due for completion in 2023.

Read our news story about the Bristol Temple Meads restoration project.

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If you have any additional questions about the work taking place in your area please call our dedicated 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or visit our contact us page.

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