We're modernising the Great Western route to bring passengers faster, more frequent and 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.
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 in the areas shown below on Saturday 29 to Friday 05 May 2017. 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.
Hullavington – Alderton
Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 April 2017
10.00pm – 08.00am
Local Authority: Wiltshire
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.
We are holding a drop-in to discuss the work on Tuesday, March 14 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm at The Old School Rooms, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8PD.
Filton Abbey Wood station / Horfield cutting
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.
The work in Horfield cutting will consist of building a 1.25 metre retaining wall, which will in turn provide room for the construction of two additional tracks. This work, which extends from the south of Bonnington Walk Bridge to Filton Abbey Wood station, is also under way.
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 28 April 2017. This page will be updated regularly.