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Bristol Rail Regeneration

Building a brighter future for Bristol’s railway

Portway Park & Ride – a new station for Bristol, being built during 2022.

February half term upgrades

19 – 27 February

During February half term, trains won’t call at stations between Bristol Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood, or between Severn Beach and Stapleton Road.

Check before you travel: National Rail Enquiries or Great Western Railway.

Filton and Severn Beach upgrades

During February half term we’re working on multiple projects in the Bristol area, making the most of the opportunity to reduce future disruption.

From Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 February, we will be:

  • renewing track and signalling equipment on the Filton relief lines between Stapleton Road and Lawrence Hill stations
  • refurbishing drainage between Montpellier and Sea Mills stations, and through Clifton Tunnel
  • changing signalling ready for the new station at Portway Park & Ride and building foundations for the platform.
  • replacing wooden railway sleepers between Bristol Port level crossing on King Road and St Andrew’s Road station in Avonmouth.

Work completed during this period is helping to keep the railway safe and reliable, as well as bringing a new railway station for the Severn Beach line a step closer.

Check before you travel: National Rail Enquiries or Great Western Railway.

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.

Platform improvements 

We are working up until the end of March to install tactile paving along the edge of platforms 1 – 12 to make the station more accessible for visually impaired customers. Please take extra care.

Refurbishing the roof 

Our specialist teams begin grit-blasting the steel structure of the main train shed roof in March, stripping it to bare metal before applying protective paint.

We will complete the work in phases up until late summer 2022, with a final phase to follow during early summer 2023.

As we work, each section of the roof will be fully encapsuled with ventilation set up, to prevent dust and any other material from entering the station. To minimise the impact on passengers, grit blasting will be carried out at night. We are installing baffles to reduce the impact on our neighbours and noise levels outside the station will be regularly monitored.

Our renovations on the platform canopies continue alongside this work.


Rewiring the station

The antiquated electrical system at Bristol Temple Meads is being brought up to modern standards, improving the reliability and efficiency of the station’s electrics, as well as allowing for potential future expansion of retail.

Work involves 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.

We have started work inside the former Bonapartes Bar, transforming it into a temporary ticket office. It will be in use from April, enabling us to start work on the first phase of the rewire, working in the existing ticket office and travel centre.

Alongside the rewire, new customer information screens will be installed along with improved public announcement systems and CCTV.

New entrances to increase capacity

A new eastern entrance, funded by West of England Combined Authority, is being created for Bristol Temple Meads.

The first phase of construction was completed during the summer of 2021, during our track upgrade at Bristol East Junction, when we extended the passenger subway under platform 15.

Phase 2 of the project is being planned and will involve punching through the retaining wall onto the former GPO site and creating a small entry building that will link the station to the planned university campus and Bristol City Council’s planned new urban quarter.

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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