We are investing in a brighter future for Bristol’s railway

Upcoming work

Track work on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February means buses replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa and services to/from London Paddington will be diverted via Bristol Parkway, not calling at Bath Spa or Chippenham. Services between Cardiff Central and Portsmouth Harbour will also be affected.

Check National Rail Enquiries or GWR website for more information.

Bristol East Junction

Starting in early 2020, we successfully completed much of the preparatory work needed ahead of our project to change the track layout at Bristol East Junction next summer. This included replacing track and points during weekends, as well as moving signals, improving driver walkways and demolishing and replacing a substation and a relay room.

During the Christmas period we replaced five sets of points on the railway near Kingsland Road and installed the main boom for a new signalling gantry next to Dings Park in St Phillips.

Now, in early 2021, we will be installing new track at our Kingsland Road depot as well as relaying track for Platform 13 at Bristol Temple Meads station.

Doing this preparation work now means less disruption for passengers next summer when we will be completing the full layout changes at the junction over an eight-week period. We will then be carrying out finishing work up until the end of 2021.

Transforming the junction will improve capacity, flexibility and reliability; making more efficient use of platforms at the station and reducing delays for passengers. An extra line is also being introduced to support additional suburban services being planned for the future.

For updates, see #BristolRailRegen on our Twitter feed.

Bristol Temple Meads

Around 10 million passengers pass through Bristol Temple Meads in an average year. Once complete, our renovations in and around the station will bring a brighter welcome to the city, improving your experience as a passenger and preserving our station for future generations.

Refurbishing the roof 

Work to fully refurbish the fabulous roof of the main train shed is getting underway. We have been installing foundations and are erecting scaffolding towers, with the installation to continue on Saturday nights during 2021.

Once complete, these towers will support a huge safety screen that will protect staff and passengers while the work is carried out overhead. The work site will also be fully wrapped to prevent dust and other materials from escaping into the station below.

The renovation involves re-glazing and extensive metal and woodwork repairs on the main train shed roof, as well as further work on roofing over Bonaparte’s Alley.

Metal and timber repairs are also being made to canopies on platforms and in the forecourt. Paintwork will be stripped back and refreshed, providing a fresh protective coating in a new colour scheme.

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

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

Other station improvements

In September 2020, we successfully relocated the bikes from platform 3 and 4 at Bristol Temple Meads station.

The new temporary cycle storage is located on Friary, to the north of the station. It is covered, well-lit, monitored by CCTV and patrolled by British Transport Police. Housing just over 450 bicycles, it matches the previous storage capacity from platform 3 and 4.

Download our cycle parking map poster.

The move was necessary to make space for scaffolding needed for the roof refurbishment project. A new permanent home for bikes will be agreed within the context of wider improvements in the area. Due to station security guidelines, they will not return to the platforms.

From May 2021, we will be rewiring Bristol Temple Meads station, to bring it up to modern standards.

This will improve the stability of the power supply at the station and allow for future expansion. One key element of the work is the separation into three independent supplies to improve capacity and resilience.

Heating, ventilation and mechanical cooling will be renewed and all lighting will be upgraded to energy efficient LEDs.

During 2021 we will be installing a free station WiFi network at Bristol Temple Meads, offering passengers fast, free and reliable internet connectivity within the station area.

The installation will take a few months to complete, working alongside teams doing the station rewire.

The intention is to launch the new service in the summer of 2021. For more information about the programme, go to our Free WiFi at our stations page. 

We will be installing tactile paving to assist people with visual impairments, alongside making other improvements for passengers including installing a new PA system, enhanced customer service screens and additional CCTV coverage.

A new eastern entrance is being planned for Bristol Temple Meads, to offer access to the future university campus on Temple Island, and to the east of the city.

Plans are in development and will involve extending the passenger subway underneath the track, punching through the perimeter wall of the station and installing ticket gates and a small entry building.

The aspiration is to deliver this project in time to open alongside the new university campus itself, in autumn 2023.

At the end of 2018 we installed two new sets of ticket gates at Bristol Temple Meads, located at Bonaparte’s Alley and Queen Anne Gate. These have more than doubled capacity at the station, significantly improving the flow of passengers entering and exiting the station at peak travel times. They are open Monday to Friday, 07.00 – 10.00 and 16.00 – 19.00.


Bristol rail update December 2020
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Get in touch

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.