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 South Gloucestershire and when it's due to take place.
The following time-lapse film below shows two 44m booms being installed just outside Bristol Parkway station as part of our electrification of the Great Western Main Line. They support the wires that power GWR’s new fleet of Intercity Express Trains.
Bristol Parkway to South Wales
Trains are now running under electric power between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway, following the completion of overhead line equipment between Swindon and Bristol Parkway in December 2018.
We now plan to complete the section between Bristol Parkway and Cardiff by the end of 2019. In the South Gloucestershire area, we need to install the remaining overhead wires between Bristol Parkway and the Severn Tunnel, and we also need to carry out further work, including track drainage, within the Patchway Tunnels.
To keep disruption to a minimum for passengers, we are using Saturday night shifts to complete work where possible, and will be working throughout the Easter bank holiday weekend (Friday 19 to Monday 22 April 2019) and the following weekend (Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2019), when no trains will be running. Please check before you travel by visiting National Rail Enquiries.
To find out more about the work completed in this area last year see our twitter feed: #SummerTunnels
Patchway station footbridge
Work has started on a new accessible footbridge, with lifts, at Patchway station. The deck of the new structure will be lifted into place during the Easter weekend. The bridge is due to be open for passengers by the summer.
For passenger information to help with your travel plans during this work visit GWR's website.
Filton Bank Four-tracking
Following the successful opening of our two new railway lines through Bristol and South Gloucestershire, and the creation of our new platform at Filton Abbey Wood station, 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 also south of 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.
For more information about the Filton Bank Four-tracking project, please see our City of Bristol page.
We know that our work to improve the railway may cause some disruption and noise for local communities. We do our very best to limit this and appreciate your patience and understanding.
For example, we often have to carry out some of the work at night when trains aren’t running. This is because we’re contractually obliged to work at times that have the least impact on passenger services, and because we must ensure the safety of our workforce.
If roads or footpaths need to be closed temporarily because of bridge work, we agree diversionary routes with the local council. And we are committed to completing the work quickly, so the road can be re-opened as soon as possible.
Last updated 05 February 2019. This page will be updated regularly.