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Bristol Rail Regeneration

Building a brighter future for Bristol’s railway

On top of the safety deck at Bristol Temple Meads

Temporary ticket office, Bristol Temple Meads

Our rewire project is well underway, renewing all electrical systems at the station.

The ticket office has temporarily moved to the former Bonaparte’s cafe bar on platform 3, where it will remain until October.

Specialist teams are ensuring the safe removal of asbestos before the main rewire work can continue.

Bristol Temple Meads

The transformation of Bristol Temple Meads is well underway. Over the next few years we are working on a variety of projects through the Bristol Rail Regeneration programme, to bring a brighter welcome to the city and a better experience for our passengers.

Refurbishing the roof 

Working from a safety deck positioned directly under the roof, our specialist team will grit-blast away layers of old paint, carry out repairs, repaint with a protective new coat and install new glazing.

Due to the scale of the project, the restoration needs to be completed in stages. Over the coming months we will move our safety deck through the building, fully refurbishing the roof section by section. This summer we start work on the two gable ends from separate external scaffolding towers.

The first stage of renovations runs from 12 April to 30 September, with the work being completed at night when fewer people are at the station, between the hours of 20.00 and 06:00. A further phase of this work will follow and the full project is due for completion in the summer of 2024.

Throughout this work we will monitor noise levels and work hard to keep disruption outside the station to a minimum.


Alongside our roof renovations, our rewire project to update all of the station’s electrics is getting underway. This will bring the overall power supply and lighting up to modern day standards, enabling upgrades to passenger information and CCTV, as well as an increase in the station’s retail offerings in the future.

To support this, from Monday 18 April, for up to 12 weeks, the station’s ticket office will be temporarily relocated to the former Bonapartes café bar on platform 3. It will be accessible via a door next to the Bonapartes ticket gateline from Friary.

The full rewire of the station will take until autumn 2023 to complete.

Platform improvements 

Tactile paving has been installed along the edge of platforms at Bristol Temple Meads to improve accessibility for people with a visual impairment. Since Christmas Day we’ve been working at night to keep disruption to the station to a minimum, with all work complete by the end of March.

A few different types of tactiles have been used across the station due to differences in the structure of platforms and buried pipes and cables.

Portway Park & Ride 

Work is going well on our new station at Portway Park & Ride. During the February half term – while the Severn Beach line was closed for maintenance work – we successfully completed all of the signalling work required for the new station, installing a new signal and relocating an existing one.

Since the start of this year we have been carrying out ground work to create a solid base for the platform and raise it to the appropriate level alongside the railway line.

The station is due to open later this year and is being delivered in partnership with Bristol City Council. It forms part of the West of England Combined Authority’s wider plans to develop the MetroWest network across the region.  

Track and signalling upgrades

Last summer we completed a huge track and signalling upgrade, removing a bottleneck into Bristol Temple Meads by replacing Bristol East Junction.

The main part of the upgrade was completed over an eight-week period, with more than 300 track panels and 26,000 tonnes of ballast (track stone) laid to replace over 5km of track.

The upgrade included the installation of an extra line which enabled an increase in Severn Beach line services in December 2021, from hourly to half-hourly.

Bristol Rail Regeneration

We are proud to be preserving Bristol’s oldest station for future generations. Once complete, our renovations at Bristol Temple Meads will bring a brighter welcome to the city and a better experience for our passengers.

The station 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.

Our programme also links into plans for new and reopened railway lines and stations across the West of England, through the West of England Combined Authority’s Metro West scheme. Find out more.

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.

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