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

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

We have now completed electrification of the route between London Paddington and Cardiff, via Bristol Parkway.

During Christmas 2019 we completed the section between Newport and Cardiff, meaning commuters are now able to travel capital to capital under electric power for the first time.

The time-lapse film below shows two 44m booms being installed just outside Bristol Parkway station, at a crucial earlier stage of the project. The booms support the wires that power GWR’s Intercity Express Trains through South Gloucestershire.

We are now working to complete the section between Newport and Cardiff.

Gipsy Patch Lane bridge

As part of South Gloucestershire Council’s Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension scheme, the rail-over-road bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, Stoke Gifford, is to be replaced.

Network Rail, working with Alun Griffiths contractors, is delivering this project on the council’s behalf. The new bridge will be much wider, removing the current highway pinch point, and will be installed during Easter 2020.

A mixture of full and partial closures of Gipsy Patch Lane are necessary throughout the life of this project, including an eight-month full closure starting in early 2020. This full closure is required to re-profile the road and complete the remaining service diversions.

We are currently piling to create the foundations for the four corners of the bridge. This is a noisy process. We are completing as much of the piling work as possible in daytime hours, however some of it has to be carried out overnight. Wintry weather conditions can add pressure to productivity, potentially inhibiting our ability to work. Due to this, and also due to some difficult ground conditions encountered at an earlier stage, we have increased the number of overnight shifts Monday to Friday, and daytime weekend shifts, in order to ensure we can keep preparations on track for the installation of the bridge at Easter.

To find out more about the work taking place, download our factsheet.

Check before you travel – 11 – 19 April

The next major phase of work will involve a nine-day closure of the railway line between Bristol Parkway and Newport from Saturday 11 April to Sunday 19 April inclusive.

Buses will replace trains between Bristol Parkway and Newport, while trains between London and Cardiff will be diverted via Gloucester, adding approximately 45 minutes to your journey.

Please check before you travel at nationalrail.co.uk/Easter or GWR.com/Bristol

Further details can be found at www.southglos.gov.uk/CPmetrobus

Filton Bank Four-tracking

Having successfully launched our two new railway lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood station in the autumn of 2018, we are already seeing significant benefits for passengers, through increased reliability and resilience.

Since bringing the lines into operational use we have been going through a programme of finishing work, reinforcing embankments, reprofiling the ballast (stones) and improving drainage.

During Christmas 2019 we will be completing further work on drainage around Filton Abbey Wood and at Bonnington Walk and Constable Road. We will be finishing off reinforcements to the embankment alongside Bannerman Road in Easton and installing trackside handrails in the Horfield area.

The last of this work should be completed during weekends in April, May and June 2020.

For an overview of work completed throughout the programme, view #bristolrailupgrade on our Twitter feed.

Cattybrook and Patchway station footbridges

Cattybrook footbridge

Work is underway to install a new footbridge at Cattybrook in Almondsbury, between Ash Lane and Ibstock brick works. The bridge foundations and trestles (supports) have been installed and we are aiming to lift the deck for the bridge into place by crane during the weekend before Christmas. This will be followed by snagging work, with the bridge due to open early in the new year.

Patchway Station footbridge

During Easter 2019 we installed the main structure of the new footbridge at Patchway Station. It came into use in July. We are now working hard to resolve some challenges with on-site power in order to complete the lifts at the station as soon as possible.