We are investing in a brighter future for Bristol’s railway
Scaffolding installations from Saturday 6 until Friday 26 March means platforms 3 to 6 will not be in use. Please allow a little extra time to get to the right platform for your train.
This is an exciting time for Bristol’s railway. New tracks, improved stations and additional train services are just some of the changes around the corner that will bring better journeys for passengers throughout the region.
We’re kicking things off at Bristol Temple Meads, the city’s historic station. First, we’re restoring the roof, rewiring the station and laying new tracks. Working with train companies and our local and regional authority partners, we are also plannig further improvements planned for the next few years. These include new entrances, more places to shop and better spaces for onward transport connections.
For updates, see #BristolRailRegen on our Twitter feed
Bristol East Junction
This summer, we’ll be replacing the tracks at Bristol East Junction, on the approach to Bristol Temple Meads station from London, the midlands/north and south Wales.
The brand new tracks in a clever new layout will allow trains to come in and out of the station 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.
It’s a big job, taking eight weeks to complete, from Saturday 10 July to Friday 3 September.
To get ready for the work, 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.
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.
To support this work we are currently installing scaffolding towers on platforms 3 – 6, which will hold up a huge safety screen. 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.
From Saturday 6 February until Friday 26 March, we will be working day and night over a three-week period to install more of the scaffolding structure.
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.
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.
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.
Work on the full rewire of Bristol Temple Meads is getting underway from March 2021, with site set up and detailed plans being developed, The project will bring the antiquated electrical system up to modern standards. This will improve the overall reliability and efficiency of the station’s electrics, as well as allowing for potential future expansion of retail.
Work will involve separating the power supplies between retail and operational feeds and improving back-up systems. Heating, cooling and ventilation systems will also be replaced, and all lighting upgraded to energy efficient LEDs. This will help to make Bristol Temple Meads a brighter and greener station, while improving the overall passenger and staff experience.
Alongside the rewire, we will be installing new customer information screens, improved public announcement systems and CCTV, as well as a new WiFi network.
The full rewire is due for completion in 2023.
Work has begun to install a new WiFi network at Bristol Temple Meads, offering passengers fast, free and reliable internet connectivity within the station area.
Working carefully alongside teams involved in the roof renovations and rewire work, the intention is to launch the new service in April 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.
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.