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.
Filton Bank Four Tracking
We completed the installation of two new railway lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood station in the autumn of 2018 and the lines are now fully operational.
Video showing a timelapse of the Filton Bank blockade
Over the Christmas period, when no trains were running, we carried out further drainage work, as well as tamping to compact track stones and improve performance of the rails for smoother journeys.
This work is continuing, with engineering trains and workers out on the tracks from 23:00 to 06:00 on Saturday nights. Some midweek nights - Monday to Thursday, 21:00 to 06:00 - are also needed throughout 2019, to get this crucial stage of the process completed.
Stapleton Road station
The Filton Bank Four-tracking project continues in the Stapleton Road area of Easton in Bristol. We are finishing our upgrade of the station's footbridge as well as work at the foot of our new viaduct.
Filton Abbey Wood station
During our 3-week upgrade, we completed the installation of a fourth platform at Filton Abbey Wood station, including ramped access to the existing footbridge. We also completed the necessary track work and extensive drainage and resurfacing.