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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.

 

What does the work involve?

Over the entire four weeks, we’ll be working from the outskirts of Royal Wootton Bassett, through Brinkworth, Little Somerford, Rodbourne, Hullavington, Acton Turville, Old Sodbury, Chipping Sodbury and Yate to Westerleigh Junction.

From 2 September to 15 September 2017, our work area will extend to include Westerleigh Junction, Coalpit Heath, Winterbourne, Stoke Gifford and Bristol Parkway station, up to Patchway/Filton junctions.

The work includes:

  • Carrying out the piling required to install the foundations which will support the electrification equipment.
  • Installing the equipment, including trackside masts and overhead wires at some locations.
  • Installing electrification equipment in Chipping Sodbury and Alderton tunnels.
  • Improving flood resilience at Chipping Sodbury sidings.
  • Preparing Bristol Parkway station for the arrival of new InterCity Express trains.

Unfortunately, some of the work will be noisy and we would like to thank our neighbours in advance for bearing with us. In addition, deliveries of materials to our compounds along the route will be made by road, and some settlements will see an increase in traffic.

Will my train journey be affected?

Trains will still be running using diversionary routes. Rail replacement bus and coach services will be in place for some journeys. Bristol Parkway station will be closed from 2 September to 15 September.

Please plan ahead at gwr.com/bristolparkway2017 or crosscountrytrains.co.uk

How can I find out more?

We will regularly update this page with further information about the project. You can also find out more by joining us at a drop-in event, where the project team will be on hand to answer your questions.

Drop-in events

VenueDateTimeFurther information about work in this area
Brinkworth Village HallThursday 22 June 20174.00 pm to 6.00 pmPlease view the working in South Glos and Wiltshire PDF below this table
Little Somerford Village HallTuesday 27 June 20174.30 pm to 7.00 pmPlease view the working in South Glos and Wiltshire PDF below this table
Ridgewood Community Centre, YateTuesday 4 July4.30 pm to 7.00 pmPlease view the working in South Glos and Wiltshire PDF below this table
The Old School Rooms, St Michael’s Centre, Stoke GiffordTuesday 11 July 4.30 pm to 7.00 pmPlease view working in South Glos and Wiltshire PDF and Bristol Parkway station PDF below this table
Chipping Sodbury Town HallWednesday 12 July4.30 pm to 7.00 pmPlease view the working in South Glos and Wiltshire PDF below this table
Trinity Primary School, Acton TurvilleThursday 13 July 6.00 pm to 8.00 pmPlease view the working in South Glos and Wiltshire PDF below this table
Old Sodbury Village HallTuesday 18 July4.30 pm to 7.00 pmPlease view working in South Glos and Wiltshire PDF, Chipping Sodbury flood resilience PDF and Chipping Sodbury tunnel PDF
Hullavington Village HallWednesday 19 July5.30 pm to 8.00 pmPlease view the working in South Glos and Wiltshire PDF below this table
All Saints Church Hall Winterbourne DownTuesday 25 July4.30 pm to 7.00 pmPlease view the working in South Glos and Wiltshire PDF below this table