South Gloucestershire

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.

Find out more about what's involved in this work

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.

More about our work to electrify the railway

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.

Pilning to Patchway
Monday 14 – Friday 18 August 2017
8.00am - 4.00pm
Local authority: South Gloucestershire

Installation of foundations for overhead lines (piling)

LocationDateTimeFurther information about work in this area
Acton TurvilleSaturday 19 August – Tuesday 22 August 2017Day shifts from 07.00 am to 7.00 pm.Preparation work will be taking place at night in order to prepare the ground for the installation of foundations during the day.
Acton TurvilleTuesday 12 September – Friday 15 September 2017Day shifts from 07.00 am to 7.00 pm.Preparation work will be taking place at night in order to prepare the ground for the installation of foundations during the day.
Alderton Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August 2017Day shifts from 07.00 am to 7.00pm.Work will be taking place on the railway line near the village and also the tunnel area.
Alderton – Acton Turville (Luckington Road Bridge)Saturday 26 August to Thursday 31 August 2017Day shifts from 07.00 am to 7.00pm.Work will be taking place on the railway line near the village and also the tunnel area.
Alderton – Acton Turville (Luckington Road Bridge)Saturday 26 August to Sunday 27 August 2017Day / Night shift from 7am Saturday to 7am Sunday.Work will be taking place on the railway line near the village and also the tunnel area.
Chipping Sodbury and YateSaturday 19 August – Friday 25 August 2017 Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Friday.Work taking place between Chipping Sodbury and the Westerleigh end of Shire Way in Yate
Chipping Sodbury and YateSaturday 26 August – Friday 1 September 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Friday.Work taking place between Chipping Sodbury and the Westerleigh end of Shire Way in Yate
Chipping Sodbury and YateSaturday 2 September – Wednesday 6 September 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Wednesday.Work taking place between Chipping Sodbury and the Westerleigh end of Shire Way in Yate
Coalpit Heath - WinterbourneSunday 10 September – Monday 11 September 2017Night shifts starting at 8pm and finishing at 6am.Works taking place in the rural area between Coalpit Heath and Winterbourne
Hullavington Saturday 19 August – Friday 25 August 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Friday.Work taking place in the area of the old railway station.
Hullavington – Acton Tuville (Luckington Rd Bridge)Saturday 19 August – Friday 25 August 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Friday.Work taking place in the area of the old railway station.
Hullavington - Farleaze (Fosse Way)Saturday 26 August – Friday 1 Sept 2017 and Saturday 2 Sept – Friday 8 Sept 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Friday.Work taking place in the area of the old railway station.
Hullavington - AldertonSaturday 9 Sept to Sunday 10 Sept 2017 Night shift starting at 7pm and finishing at 7am.Work taking place in the area of the old railway station.
Hullavington - AldertonTuesday 12 September 2017Day shift only between 7am and 7pmWork taking place in the area of the old railway station.
Hullavington - AldertonThursday 14 September 2017Day shift only between 7am and 7pm.Work taking place in the area of the old railway station.
Old Sodbury - Chipping Sodbury Saturday 2 September to Friday 8 September 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Friday.
Old Sodbury - Chipping Sodbury Saturday 9 September to Wednesday 13 September 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Wednesday.
Old Sodbury - Chipping Sodbury Wednesday 13 September 2017Day shift starting at 7am and finishing at 7pm.
Westerleigh – Coalpit HeathSaturday 2 September to Tuesday 5 September 2017Day shifts starting at 8am and finishing at 6pm.
Winterbourne Saturday 2 September to Friday 8 September 2017Day shifts starting at starting at 7am and finishing at 7pm.
Winterbourne Saturday 9 September 2017Day shift starting at starting at 7am and finishing at 7pm.
Yate - WesterleighSaturday 2 September to Tuesday 5 September 2017Night shifts starting at 7pm and finishing at 6am.

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 station will remain open for the majority of the work and passengers will be informed of any planned changes to services.

The next phase of work, from April to August, will include stabilising the embankment on the line towards Filton and repairs and track-level work at Bristol Road/Hatchet Road bridge.

View residents letter for Bristol Parkway station

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.

Footpath diversion

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.

Footpath diversion map

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 sessionClosure date(s) Diversion routeAdditional information
Chipping Sodbury tunneln/an/an/aPreparation for Electrification

Residents' notification letter
Chipping Sodbury Aqueductn/an/aThe 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

Diversion route
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.

Working responsibly

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 14 August 2017. This page will be updated regularly.