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?

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

Please plan ahead at gwr.com/bristolparkway2017 or crosscountrytrains.co.uk/bristol2017

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.

Installation of foundations for overhead lines

LocationDateTimeFurther information about work in this area
Acton TurvilleSaturday 19 August – Tuesday 22 August 2017Day shifts from 07.00 am to 7.00 pm.Preparation work will be taking place at night in order to prepare the ground for the installation of foundations during the day.
Acton TurvilleTuesday 12 September – Friday 15 September 2017Day shifts from 07.00 am to 7.00 pm.Preparation work will be taking place at night in order to prepare the ground for the installation of foundations during the day.
Alderton Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August 2017Day shifts from 07.00 am to 7.00pm.Work will be taking place on the railway line near the village and also the tunnel area.
Alderton – Acton Turville (Luckington Road Bridge)Saturday 26 August to Thursday 31 August 2017Day shifts from 07.00 am to 7.00pm.Work will be taking place on the railway line near the village and also the tunnel area.
Alderton – Acton Turville (Luckington Road Bridge)Saturday 26 August to Sunday 27 August 2017Day / Night shift from 7am Saturday to 7am Sunday.Work will be taking place on the railway line near the village and also the tunnel area.
Chipping Sodbury and YateSaturday 19 August – Friday 25 August 2017 Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Friday.Work taking place between Chipping Sodbury and the Westerleigh end of Shire Way in Yate
Chipping Sodbury and YateSaturday 26 August – Friday 1 September 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Friday.Work taking place between Chipping Sodbury and the Westerleigh end of Shire Way in Yate
Chipping Sodbury and YateSaturday 2 September – Wednesday 6 September 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Wednesday.Work taking place between Chipping Sodbury and the Westerleigh end of Shire Way in Yate
Coalpit Heath - WinterbourneSunday 10 September – Monday 11 September 2017Night shifts starting at 8pm and finishing at 6am.Works taking place in the rural area between Coalpit Heath and Winterbourne
Hullavington Saturday 19 August – Friday 25 August 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Friday.Work taking place in the area of the old railway station.
Hullavington – Acton Tuville (Luckington Rd Bridge)Saturday 19 August – Friday 25 August 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Friday.Work taking place in the area of the old railway station.
Hullavington - Farleaze (Fosse Way)Saturday 26 August – Friday 1 Sept 2017 and Saturday 2 Sept – Friday 8 Sept 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Friday.Work taking place in the area of the old railway station.
Hullavington - AldertonSaturday 9 Sept to Sunday 10 Sept 2017 Night shift starting at 7pm and finishing at 7am.Work taking place in the area of the old railway station.
Hullavington - AldertonTuesday 12 September 2017Day shift only between 7am and 7pmWork taking place in the area of the old railway station.
Hullavington - AldertonThursday 14 September 2017Day shift only between 7am and 7pm.Work taking place in the area of the old railway station.
Old Sodbury - Chipping Sodbury Saturday 2 September to Friday 8 September 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Friday.
Old Sodbury - Chipping Sodbury Saturday 9 September to Wednesday 13 September 2017Continuous work, starting at 7am on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Wednesday.
Old Sodbury - Chipping Sodbury Wednesday 13 September 2017Day shift starting at 7am and finishing at 7pm.
Westerleigh – Coalpit HeathSaturday 2 September to Tuesday 5 September 2017Day shifts starting at 8am and finishing at 6pm.
Winterbourne Saturday 2 September to Friday 8 September 2017Day shifts starting at starting at 7am and finishing at 7pm.
Winterbourne Saturday 9 September 2017Day shift starting at starting at 7am and finishing at 7pm.
Yate - WesterleighSaturday 2 September to Tuesday 5 September 2017Night shifts starting at 7pm and finishing at 6am.