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 shows rebuilding of the railway bridge at Wapley in South Gloucestershire to create the additional space needed for overhead power lines on the Great Western route.
Upgrading the railway in Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire
From 19 August to 15 September 2017, we’ll be working day and night along the railway between Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, and Patchway/Filton junctions, South Gloucestershire.
As part of the Greater West Programme, we are electrifying the line to bring passengers quieter, more frequent and more reliable services between London Paddington and Cardiff.
What we're doing
To enable the route to be electrified. we're installing supporting masts and overhead lines, and preparing the foundations for these ('piling'). We'll also be modifying some of the bridges and other structures on the route to create the extra height needed for the overhead lines.
Work dates and locations
We’re undertaking piling between Patchway and Bristol Parkway every Saturday night from the 20 May 2017 until October 2017. The works will be taking place between the hours of 23:00 – 09:00. Please see the attached notification letter for further information.
We're undertaking piling in the areas shown below. Please note that the schedule could change at short notice for operational reasons.
Before starting the work we may need to clear overgrown vegetation alongside the line. Find out more about why and how we manage vegetation.
Installation of foundations for overhead lines (piling)
|Acton Turville||Saturday 14 October – Sunday 15 October 2017||22:00 - 08:00||South Gloucestershire|
Acton Turville village
|In the rural area between the west of the village and Chipping Sodbury Tunnel||Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 October||22:00 - 07:00|
|Through Acton Turville village||Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 October||22:00 - 07:00|
|Through Acton Turville village||Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 October||22:00 - 07:00|
|In the rural area between the west of the village and Chipping Sodbury Tunnel||Monday 23 - Friday 27 October||22:00 - 07:00|
|Through Acton Turville village||Monday 30 October - Friday 3 November||22:00 - 07:00|
Bristol Parkway station
From December 2016 through to 2018, we are carrying out essential work in and around Bristol Parkway station to prepare it for the new fleet of electric trains.
The fourth platform is due to open by the end of this year. Work on this new platform and track layout will continue over three planned weekend closures in November (4 and 5, 11 and 12, 18 and 19).
No trains will call at the station on these weekends. Passengers will be affected across all three weekends, with diversions in place and buses running instead of trains for some journeys. Please plan ahead before you travel at www.gwr.com/bristolparkway2017 or www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk.
Filton Abbey Wood station
The work is part of the project to double the number of tracks between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway from two to four. Benefits will include greater passenger capacity, additional local stopping services and reduced journey times.
A fourth platform will be built at Filton Abbey Wood station with ramped access to the existing footbridge. In order to support the embankment, a retaining wall will be built between the new platform and the residential area that backs onto the railway. This phase of the work is under way. Our teams will return next year to extend the three existing platforms and lay the new track.
To carry out our work safely, we need to temporarily close the footpath that links the
car park in Emma-Chris Way to the station footbridge from Sunday 7 May to Autumn 2017. Pedestrians will need to follow a signed diversion route along Nutfield Grove and through the grounds of Nutfield House to join the footbridge.
Please allow extra time – approximately ten minutes – to ensure you safely catch your train.
Work on bridges and other structures
The table below shows bridges and other structures that we need to modify for electrification, along with work we're carrying out currently and any temporary road closures and diversions. Work due to start in the future is subject to approval by South Gloucestershire Council.
Bridge and structure works – South Gloucestershire
|Structure||Drop-in session||Closure date(s)||Diversion route||Additional information|
|Chipping Sodbury tunnel||n/a||n/a||n/a||Preparation for Electrification
Residents' notification letter
|Chipping Sodbury Aqueduct||n/a||n/a||The current footpath will be closed off whilst alterations are carried out. A temporary walking route will be provided around the working area.
Please see footpath diversion
|The existing aqueduct structure will be replaced with a new and raised structure in order to accommodate the new trains and electrification infrastructure. |
Residents' notification letter
All works are due to be completed on the structure by March 2017.
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 16 October 2017. This page will be updated regularly.