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.

Next phase of work at Bristol Parkway station

Work to upgrade Bristol Parkway station will continue over the weekends of 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19 November 2017. 

No trains will call at the station on these weekends. Passengers will be affected across all three weekends, with diversions in place and buses running instead of trains for some journeys. Please plan ahead before you travel at www.gwr.com/bristol2017 or www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk

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.

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

The fourth platform is due to open by the end of this year.  

Residents’ letter: Piling from Bristol Parkway to Patchway

Residents’ letter: Bristol Parkway station update

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 for overhead lines

LocationDate and time
Hullavington – Acton Turville (Luckington Road overbridge)Tuesday 14 November – Friday 17 November (22:00 to 08:00)
Old Sodbury (Colts Green) – Chipping Sodbury (Lilliput Avenue)Tuesday 14 November – Friday 17 November 2017 (22:00 to 08:00)
Acton Turville Saturday 18 November and Sunday 19 November 2017 (08:00 – 18:00)
Chipping Sodbury (Green Hayes – Lilliput Avenue)Saturday 18 November and Sunday 19 November 2017 (08:00 – 18:00) and Monday 20 November – Thursday 23 November (20:00 – 05:00)