City of Bristol

We're modernising the Great Western route, increasing capacity for passengers and freight.

This is the biggest investment in the Great Western railway since Brunel built it more than 175 years ago. Modernising the route will improve the experience of everyone who uses it and stimulate economic growth in the South West and beyond.

This page explains the work we’re doing in the city of Bristol area and when it's due to take place. Electrification in the area has been deferred until the next control period (CP6), which runs from 2019 to 2024.

Bristol Temple Meads

Around 10 million passengers pass through Bristol Temple Meads each year. We are upgrading the station to meet growing demand and prepare for an increase in trains from 2019.

For updates about Bristol Temple Meads, please see our latest station newsletter (PDF).

Filton Bank Four Tracking

The Filton Bank four-tracking project is doubling the number of railway lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood to enable an increase in trains from 2019.

From 27 October to 19 November we will be working 24/7 to install the new track and signals.

A huge amount of enabling work is being carried out along the Filton Bank, to prepare the existing infrastructure.

Track bed preparation work

We will be working 24/7 on the Filton Bank over four weekends during May and July. We will be accessing the line at various locations and travelling the length of route day and night, to deliver materials and equipment.

12/13 May, 19/20 May7/8 July, 14/15 July
We will mainly be working on the northern section of the route, between Filton Abbey Wood and Horfield:

- digging sections of track bed
- installing new sections of track
- re-positioning existing track (track slew)
Plans for our work on these two weekends are being firmed up but we will mainly be carrying out drainage work at various locations.

Albion Road wall strengthening

The high wall that runs between Albion Road and the railway needs to be reinforced ahead of the installation of the two new railway lines and an increase in trains from 2019.

Strengthening the wall involves installing ground anchors – metal rods that are inserted through the wall into the ground underneath the railway behind it. Repointing and general repairs also need to be completed.

A three week trial has been completed during April to test our approach.

We will be carrying out this work between June and December 2018, working daytime hours of 07:30 to 18:00, Monday to Saturday.

Parts of this work will require closure of the road and temporary suspension of on-street parking. The timeline for the project is as follows:

   Timeline

  • 9 April – 24 April: Install and test ground anchors – partial footpath closure
  • 4 June – 15 June: Diversion of utilities and enabling work – full road closure
  • 18 June – 28 September: Repair work to retaining wall – road open, parking suspended
  • 1 October – mid-November: Ground anchor installation – full road closure
  • Mid-November – mid-December: Reinstate services and road layout, reopening road before Christmas

St Mark’s Road bridge strengthening

While cleaning and repainting St Mark’s Road bridge in 2016 we uncovered deterioration of the steelwork. Strengthening work is therefore needed to ensure it can take the extra weight from the installation of two new railway lines later this year and the increase in trains from 2019.

From early April, a section of St Marks Road either side of the bridge was closed to vehicles, but pedestrian and cyclist access is being maintained.

The work will take until September to complete and we will be on site during the following hours:

  • Monday to Friday 08:00 to 18:00
  • Weekends 08.00 to 16.00

Albion Road/St Marks Road Factsheet

Ashley Hill and Narroways

All of the piling and soil nailing work in the Ashley Hill area of Bristol has been completed, and all of the embankment work at Ashley Hill North is finished. At Ashley Hill South, concrete panels are being installed and we are back-filling with stone to raise the level of the track bed. We are also fixing metal wire netting to add further stability. The remainder of this work will be carried out in daytime hours.

All of the piling and soil nailing work in the Ashley Hill area of Bristol has been completed, and all of the embankment work at Ashley Hill North is finished. At Ashley Hill South, concrete panels are being installed and we are back-filling with stone to raise the level of the track bed. We are also fixing metal wire netting to add further stability. The remainder of this work will be carried out in daytime hours.

Easton Road bridge

Following the demolition and reconstruction of Easton Road bridge, we have now completed all of our work on top of the bridge, as well as improving drainage on Brighton Park.

We are finishing off our work on the underside of the bridge, accessing it at track level.

Stapleton Road

We are upgrading Stapleton Road footbridge and replacing Stapleton Road viaduct, as part of the Filton Bank Four-tracking project.

Masefield Way, Horfield

On the weekend of 18/19 November 2017, we completed essential improvements to the drainage system (culvert) running under the tracks adjacent to Masefield Way in Horfield. This involved diverting the existing drain which was severely damaged, and installing a new one.

Further grouting work needs to be undertaken this year, and we will write to residents to confirm details once they are confirmed.

Filton Abbey Wood station

A fourth platform will be built at Filton Abbey Wood station with ramped access to the existing footbridge. In order to support the embankment, we are building a retaining wall between the site of the new platform and the residential area that backs onto the railway. This phase of work is under way. Later in 2018 we will extend the three existing platforms and lay the new track.

The footpath that links the car park in Emma-Chris Way to the station footbridge is now open. The diversion route along Nutfield Grove and through the grounds of Nutfield House has closed.

Find out more on our South Gloucestershire page.

Last updated 30 April 2018. This page will be updated regularly.