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 look out for the taxi service that will shuttle between the two locations (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.
Patchway Tunnels – Christmas
Following on from our three-week electrification upgrade between Patchway Station and The Severn Tunnel over the summer, we are returning this Christmas.
From the evening of 24 December until the early hours of 2 January, we will be working 24/7 to test electrification equipment and install more wiring on the open section of the route. Further wiring and drainage repair work are also needed inside the Patchway Tunnels.
Filton Bank Four-tracking
This project has been working in Bristol and South Gloucestershire to improve capacity and allow for an increase in trains from 2019. Two new railway lines have been installed between Bristol Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood Station and from next year will enable more and faster journeys between Bristol and London Paddington, as well as improvements for passengers on local stopping services and services to South Wales. Find out more on our Bristol Upgrades page.
Filton Abbey Wood station
As part of our Filton Bank Four-tracking upgrade to double the number of tracks between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway from two to four, we have also completed significant improvements at Filton Abbey Wood Station.
A fourth platform has been built, with ramped access to the existing footbridge. We have also extended the three existing platforms and installed new track through the station.
Vegetation and fencing between the station and Nutfield Grove will be reinstated.
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 10 December 2018. This page will be updated regularly.