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 timelapse film shows two 44m booms being installed just outside Bristol Parkway station during our autumn upgrade. They will support the wires that will enable the new fleet of Intercity Express Trains to run on electricity in 2019.
Bristol Parkway – Christmas
We will be closing Hatchet Road at the approach to Bristol Parkway station, to install a large, new signalling structure across the tracks using a crane.
This means vehicles will not be able to access the station from Hatchet Road from 6.00am on 24 December until 4.30am on 27 December and will instead need to use Hunts Ground Road. Walking routes will remain in place for pedestrians. Cyclists may use the walking route, but should dismount.
Public buses will not use the station bus stops during this time. Therefore, station users will need to use the bus stops marked ‘Ratcliffe Drive’ on Hatchet Road. If you are of limited mobility and require assistance to travel between the bus stop and the station, please call 03457 000 125 (24 December only).
Please leave extra time for journey, whether travelling by car, bus or on foot.
Please note, no trains will run on 25 or 26 December.
The installation of the signalling structure is part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, improving capacity at Bristol Parkway. A fourth platform, new track layout and overhead electrification equipment have already been installed, paving the way for longer, greener trains and more services.
Work to install the structure across the tracks just west of the station will take place while the road is closed to vehicles. However, please note we will not be working between 8.00pm on Christmas Eve and 6.00am on Christmas Day.
Filton Bank Four-tracking
This project is working in Bristol and South Gloucestershire to improve capacity and allow for an increase in trains form 2019. It involves installing two new railway lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood and will mean more and faster journeys between Bristol and London Paddington. Find out more on our Bristol Upgrades page.
Filton Abbey Wood station
We are working at the station as part of our Filton Bank Four-tracking project to double the number of tracks between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway from two to four.
A fourth platform will be built at Filton Abbey Wood station with ramped access to the existing footbridge. In order to support the embankment, we are building a retaining wall between the site of the new platform and the residential area that backs onto the railway. This phase of work is under way. Later in 2018 we will extend the three existing platforms and lay the new track.
The footpath that links the car park in Emma-Chris Way to the station footbridge is now open. The diversion route along Nutfield Grove and through the grounds of Nutfield House has closed.
Patchway Tunnels upgrade
From 16 June until 6 July 2018, we carried out a three-week block of work to install electrification equipment between Patchway station (west of Bristol Parkway) and The Severn Tunnel. This involved:
- Lowering the track in the Old Patchway Tunnel
- Installing electrification equipment inside the Old and New Patchway Tunnels
- Installing masts and gantries on the open line between Patchway and The Severn Tunnel, through Pilning
- Installing wires on the masts and gantries.
The upgrade was completed successfully, marking a significant milestone in our work to electrify the line between London and Cardiff. For more information about what was achieved, please see our Twitter feed: #SummerTunnels
We will be continuing our work in this area between 24 December and 1 January 2019.
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 24 October 2018. This page will be updated regularly.