We work 24/7 to keep the rail network running, with scheduled maintenance work and planned upgrades helping to meet growing demand from passengers.

This page provides information about work taking place on the railway in Somerset. Read and download the latest information.

Autumn upgrades in Somerset

This autumn we are working on the line at various locations between Berrow/East Brent in Sedgemoor down to Taunton to the south.

We’re upgrading a major junction, replacing sections of straight track, repairing a bridge and renewing level crossings.

All of this work is essential maintenance to ensure the safety of passengers and to improve on reliability and performance.

Level crossings at Lyng and Bridgwater

Having completed our track renewal at Lyng, around the Athelney Level Crossing we are now in the process of renewing Meads Crossing east of Bridgwater, where the railway runs under the M5 motorway. Remaining shifts to complete this work are as follows:

Work start timeWork finish timeWork taking place
Saturday 26 October - 23:15Sunday 27 October - 07:00Welding and other track work, removing scrap and snagging
Saturday 16 November - 23:15Sunday 17 November - 07:20Welding and other track work, removing scrap and snagging
Wednesday 4 December - 00:35Wednesday 4 December - 05:10Compacting stone and final snagging

Cogload Junction renewal

Intercity Express Train exiting Cogload Junction

To the north of Taunton, we will be replacing Cogload Junction, using Durston yard as our main compound into early 2020.

We have been building up new track panels on site in advance.

The upgrade itself will take a full week to complete, with no trains running through the area for the duration. It starts at 02.35 on Saturday 9 November and runs until 05.10 on Friday 15 November.

Up to 150 people will be working on line at any one time, cutting out the old track and removing, cleaning and replacing the ballast (stones) before installing the new track panels. Aside from bulldozers and Road Rail Vehicles, we'll be using a 125 tonne rail-mounted crane to install the pre-assembled parts of the track.

Follow up work will need to take place overnight on many Saturdays and some Sundays, ranging from 16 November until 9 February 2020. Some of these will involve tamping, which is where we compact the ballast to improve the stability and performance of the new track. It is a particularly noisy process and we apologise in advance for any disturbance to residents.

Berrow Road Bridge

From Saturday 9 to Thursday 14 November we will be working on Berrow Road Bridge which carries the B3140 (Station Road/Ham Road) over the railway between Berrow and East Brent.

We will be working day and night on this refurbishment; including grit blasting, which can be very noisy. The road will be temporarily reduced to a single lane, flowing in alternate directions with temporary traffic lights in place.

Travel arrangements

Saturday 9 to Thursday 14 November

Buses replace trains on the following routes:

  • Tiverton Parkway to Bristol Parkway (direct)
  • Tiverton Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads (via Taunton)
  • Tiverton Parkway to Castle Cary (via Taunton)
  • Exeter St David’s to Weston-super-Mare (via Taunton)
  • Taunton to Weston-super-Mare (all stations)

For more information, visit National Rail Enquiries' website or www.GWR.com/taunton