We’re working across South Gloucestershire for the continued safe and reliable running of the railway.
Christmas travel information
Track work in Stoke Gifford and Westerleigh affects trains 27 – 31 December. No trains will call at Bristol Parkway station.
Shuttle buses are planned to run between Bristol Parkway and Patchway stations.
Replacement buses are planned between Gloucester, Cam & Dursley, Yate, Bristol Parkway, Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Temple Meads.
Follow up work takes place in the new year, affecting trains Sunday 8 January and Sunday 5 February.
Please check Great Western Railway.
Christmas railway work 2022
We’re gearing up for another busy Christmas in South Gloucestershire, working from 11:45pm Christmas Eve until 8:35am on New Year’s Day. This vital work in Stoke Gifford and Westerleigh will help to keep the railway safe and reliable.
Stoke Gifford area
Over Christmas we will renew track and points between Patchway station and Bristol Parkway. From 11.35pm 24 December until 8.35am on 1 January, we’ll be working 24/7 to install straight plain line track between Kent Road and Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge, and track and points from just west of Hatchet Road railway bridge to the east of Bristol Parkway.
Preparations are well underway and involve taking deliveries into our depot and building track panels in our sidings, as well as establishing a temporary base at Parkway North Park and Ride on Hunts Ground Road.
We’ll be accessing our work sites from Bristol Parkway Depot and next to Gipsy Patch Lane bridge, with minibuses collecting workers from the Hunts Ground Road site where they will park and sign in.
Follow up work takes place up to early February on Saturday nights in between two longer weekend shifts:
- 00:01 Sunday 8 January – 03:35 Monday 9 January
- 23:35 Saturday 4 February – 03:35 Monday 6 February
With the line blocked by our work at Bristol Parkway we are also carrying out essential maintenance work at Westerleigh. From Monday 26 December to Friday 30 December we’ll be working around Westerleigh Junction, replacing concrete track components around the points and then tamping (consolidating stone around the track). We’ll also be carrying out inspections of overhead electriﬁcation equipment in this area.
To support our work we’ll be using our depot at Wapley Yard and accessing at Westerleigh Junction. We’ll also have a couple of vans stationed in laybys on the road next to Westerleigh Junction. Equipment will include special road rail diggers, tamping trains and cherry pickers. Horns will be sounded each time these machines move on the track to keep our workers safe.
Trains between London and South Wales will run but will be diverted between Swindon & Newport.
- Trains will run hourly between London Paddington & Swansea – these will also stop at Patchway.
- Shuttle buses are planned between Patchway and Bristol Parkway.
- Trains will run between Gloucester & Worcester/Great Malvern and between Bristol Temple Meads and Westbury/Weymouth.
- Replacement buses are planned to run between Gloucester, Cam & Dursley, Yate, Bristol Parkway, Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Temple Meads.
- CrossCountry services will be diverted between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol Temple Meads, stopping additionally at Gloucester. Buses replace trains between Gloucester & Bristol Parkway and between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway.
Iron Acton level crossing replacement
Over the summer, we successfully replaced the first of two level crossings at Iron Acton that carry freight trains through the village.
Working from Sunday 21 to Tuesday 30 August, we renewed track either side of the B4058 (Bristol Road) before breaking out the old level crossing and reinstating it with modern components for a longer life.
We still need to return to Iron Acton to replace the level crossing at Station Road and are aiming to do so early next year.
Get in touch
If you have any additional questions about the work taking place in your area please call our dedicated 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or visit our contact us page.