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.

Bedminster station

We are renewing a section of track to the west of Bedminster station, Bristol, to improve performance and reliability.

The main work will take place day and night over three consecutive weekends:

  • Saturday 16 - Monday 18 March
  • Saturday 23 - Monday 25 March
  • Saturday 30 - Monday 1 April

Further details are available in our factsheet.(PDF)

If you are planning to travel by train via Bedminster during the above weekends, please plan ahead at

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

We are already seeing significant benefits for passengers, through increased reliability and resilience. The Filton Bank Four-tracking upgrade also brings greater capacity for the network, enabling an increase in trains and paving the way for the potential future expansion of the rail network through Bristol and the surrounding area.

While the bulk of this upgrade was completed in 2018, we are now working through a programme of essential finishing work.

Over the next couple of months, in the Filton Abbey Wood area, this includes:

  • drainage work at Filton Abbey Wood station, and near Stanley Farm footbridge.
  • packing and moving track stones along the route to ensure the best possible stability.
  • removal of temporary access at Wallscourt Road South, next to Stanley Farm footbridge.
  • installation of concrete troughs along the trackside for cabling.

Stapleton Road station

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.