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This summer we’ve upgraded a major railway junction near Bristol Temple Meads station.

We’ve successfully completed eight-weeks of track work that will bring better journeys for passengers in the Bristol area.

Severn Tunnel maintenance

Essential maintenance is being carried out in and around the Severn tunnel affecting weekend travel between Bristol and south Wales: 

  • Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October 
  • Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October 
  • Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October 
  • Sunday 31 October 

Please check before you travel and visit or National Rail for more information.


What have we completed this summer?

Track and signalling upgrades

This summer we’ve worked around the clock to complete the major upgrade of Bristol East Junction, removing a bottleneck into Bristol Temple Meads and replacing the 1960s track and components.

This will allow more trains to enter and exit the station, increase capacity, reduce congestion and help make journeys more reliable.

We used a total of 50 engineering trains to replace over 5km of track, install over 300 track panels and lay around 26,000 tonnes of ballast (the stones that support the track).

An extra line has also been introduced to support additional suburban services being planned for the future.

During the 8-week summer upgrade, work continued on the Bristol Temple Meads roof restoration and eastern entrance project, where we made the most out of the opportunity to complete further works while train services were already disrupted.

We successfully installed foundations (piles) to support the new eastern entrance and extended the existing passenger subway by installing a concrete structure underneath the track serving platform 15.

Our roof restoration project also progressed well, with the installation of further scaffolding and the painting of the forecourt canopies which were completed at the main entrance of the station. Work now continues on the platforms where we are painting canopies and daggerboards as well as installing the final scaffolding beams to support the safety decking to allow work to be carried out on the main train shed roof.

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.

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.

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.

Scaffolding towers at Bristol Temple Meads
Bristol Temple Meads station roof

Other station improvements


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