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. More information about this concentrated period of work is on our Bristol Upgrades page.

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

Track bed preparation work

We are currently working on the track bed and installing drainage, ballast and large sections of track. The Northern, Central and Southern sections are at different stages.

Over four full weekends during May and July we completed a huge amount of this crucial preparatory work. We have also needed to continue into midweek nights during July and August, to get ballast, sleepers and rail installed - we than you for your patience.

In total, the Filton Bank spans around 4.5 miles. Aside from the track bed and track work, we are also working on retaining walls, bridges and footbridges to prepare the infrastructure for the increase in trains.

Filton Bank - Overview factsheet

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 – 9 September: Repair work to retaining wall – road open, parking suspended
  • 10 September – 23 November: Ground anchor installation – full road closure
  • 24 November – mid-December: Reinstate services and road layout, reopening road before Christmas

St Mark’s Road bridge strengthening

Our work to strengthen St Mark's bridge has now been completed with the road reopened prior to the closure of the adjacent Albion Road. While cleaning and repainting the bridge in 2016, we uncovered deterioration of the steelworks and strengthening work was therefore needed to ensure the bridge can take the weight from the installation of two new railway lines and an increase in trains.

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 have now completed the main installation of the new Stapleton Road viaduct, as part of the Filton Bank Four-tracking project.

Ashley Hill and Narroways

All of the embankment work in the Ashley Hill area of Bristol has been completed and work to construct the track bed is well underway. We have been backfilling with stone to raise the level of the track bed. Ballast (track stones), drainage, sleepers and rails will be installed over the coming weeks, ready for completion during our 3-week period of 24 hour working in October/November.

All of the embankment work in the Ashley Hill area of Bristol has been completed and work to construct the track bed is well underway. We have been backfilling with stone to raise the level of the track bed. Ballast (track stones), drainage, sleepers and rails will be installed over the coming weeks, ready for completion during our 3-week period of 24 hour working in October/November.

Filton Abbey Wood station

We are in the process of building a fourth platform at Filton Abbey Wood, with ramped access to the existing footbridge.

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.

Bristol Parkway station

This year we are finishing the electrification of the railway from London to Bristol Parkway.

From Saturday 15 September to Sunday 7 October we are working around the clock to install any remaining foundations (piling) for the electrification equipment, and putting up masts, gantries and overhead wires.

Find out more on our South Gloucestershire page.

Last updated 11September 2018. This page will be updated regularly.