City of Bristol

We're modernising the Great Western route to bring passengers faster, more frequent, more reliable services. 

The project includes upgrading our infrastructure so that the route can be electrified.

This page explains the work we'll be doing in the city of Bristol and when it's due to take place.

Our work to electrify the railway

Bristol Temple Meads

We are extending platforms 13 and 15 at Bristol Temple Meads, to provide the extra platform length needed for the new Intercity Express Trains.

The existing ramp must be demolished before construction works can begin. All works will be carried out overnight (between 10pm and 5am) to minimise passenger disruption.


  • Monday 26 June to Friday 30 June
  • Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July

 Platform extension works:

  • Saturday 29 July to Monday 21 August

For updates about Bristol Temple Meads, please see our new station newsletter [PDF]

Filton Bank Four Tracking

We are carrying out extensive works between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, to double the number of railway lines. This will enable an increase in train services and reduce disruption from maintenance.

Ashley Hill and Narroways

An extensive programme of earthworks is starting at Ashley Hill and Narroways, to stabilise the embankments and prepare for the two new lines.

These works will run 7 days a week between July 2017 and December 2018. They will mainly take place in daytime hours (7.30am to 6.00pm), however we will be working 24/7 on the weekend of 18 and 19 November to remove and replace Narroways footbridge. We will notify residents of any other exceptions.

Key dates are as follows:

  • July to November 2017 – breaking out abutment of footbridge, demolishing and reconstructing footbridge, Narroways hill
  • August to end October 2017 – soil nailing, Narroways cutting
  • End August to May 2018 – Piling and soil nailing, Ashley Hill South
  • 18-19 November 2017, working 24/7 to remove and replace Narroways footbridge (opens February 2018)
  • November 2017 to April 2018 – piling and soil nailing, Ashley Hill North

Please note that buses will replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway on the weekend of 18/19 November.

Further details:

To find out more, join one of our drop in sessions and view the below downloads

Muller Road

Muller Road overbridge: We are continuing our drainage and strengthening works on the bridge. Scaffolding and traffic management will remain in place until November 2017.

Muller Road Road Rail Access Point: We are continuing with improvements to our access point next to Trust Ford Accident Repair Centre. Parking restrictions on Petherbridge Way remain in place until September.

Stapleton Road viaduct

Stapleton Road viaduct has reached the end of its life and needs to be demolished. It needs to be replaced with a new structure to support the two new railway lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway.

The demolition will take place between Monday 24 July and Friday 1 September as follows:

  • Mon 24 July – Thurs 27 July (07.30hrs –18.00hrs)
  • Fri 28 July – Mon 31 July (24/7 until 18.00hrs on 31 July)
  • Tues 1 August – Fri 1 September (07.30hrs – 18.00hrs)

Closures and diversions

To ensure the safety of the public during the demolition of the viaduct over Stapleton Road, an exclusion zone is being set up. This will be in effect from 21.00hrs on Friday 28 July until 06.00 on Monday 31 July.

Throughout this period, a section of Stapleton Road will be closed while we’re working around the clock to remove the section of the viaduct spanning the road.

The footpath and ramp leading from Stapleton Road to platform 2 (for Bristol Temple Meads) will also be closed. Access will be via the St Mark’s Road entrance or via the footbridge from platform 1.

Passengers approaching from Stapleton Road will need to allow a little extra time. People who have difficulty with walking are asked to contact GWR's Assisted Travel Team ahead of their journey, on 0800 197 1329.

The new viaduct will be installed in the winter and all works are due to be completed in November 2018.

More information:

To find out more read our factsheet and other materials.


Horfield Cutting

Extensive earthworks are being carried out from the south of Bonnington Walk bridge to Filton Abbey Wood station as a crucial part of the Filton Bank Four Tracking project.

Filton Abbey Wood station

To carry out engineering work safely, we have closed the footpath that links the car park in Emma-Chris Way to the station footbridge until Autumn 2017. A signed diversionary route is in place, along Nutfield Grove and through the grounds of Nutfield House to join the footbridge.

Find out more at our South Gloucestershire page.

Last updated 26 June 2017. This page will be updated regularly.