Upgrading the railway in Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire

We are carrying out essential work at Bristol Parkway to increase capacity at the station to help meet the growing demand for rail travel.

The work includes construction of a fourth platform to enable Great Western Railway (GWR)’s new fleet of Intercity Express Trains to operate. These trains will deliver over a fifth more seats per train, more frequent services and reduced journey times for passengers.

A new, fourth platform is now in operation, but we still have some work to complete including the construction of canopies and a waiting room. We expect to finish work on the platform by April 2018.

We have also extended the three existing platforms to accommodate the new trains and are improving the track layout to allow more trains to use the station. In addition we are continuing to install the foundations and masts for the overhead wires needed to power the new trains.

Installation of electrification equipment

We still have a number of foundations to install along the line from Swindon to Patchway, along with the associated overhead line equipment including masts and wires. Please see the table below, which will be regularly updated, for dates and times of work.

Installation of foundations and masts for overhead lines

Local Authority: South Gloucestershire

Chipping Sodbury ( Smarts Green )
Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th February
23.00 – 09.00
Local Authority: South Gloucestershire

Yate ( Shire Way / Kingscote – finishing work only )
Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th February
23.00 – 09.00
Local Authority: South Gloucestershire

Coalpit Heath ( Ram Hill – finishing work only )
Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 February
23.00 – 09.00
Local Authority: South Gloucestershire