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Filton Abbey Wood station

Summer railway work

June, July and August 2022

This summer we are completing track renewals and drainage refurbishments at various locations throughout South Gloucestershire.

Passenger journeys will be affected:

  • Sundays 12, 19 and 26 June
  • Friday 1 to Sunday 10 July
  • Sunday 17 July and 14 August

Check before you travel at National Rail Enquiries or the GWR website.

Track renewal and drainage work

We are completing track renewals and drainage work at Filton, Stoke Gifford, Chipping Sodbury and Westerleigh, as well as inside the Severn Tunnel. We’re also completing work inside the Patchway Tunnels and on Station Road bridge in Pilning.

We are hoping to also be able to complete level crossing renewals on our freight line through Iron Acton in August.

Work in June 2022


We need to replace a section of track on the relief lines that run through Filton Abbey Wood station. We’ll be working through a number of day and night shifts as well as one continuous block of work from 2340 on Saturday 11 June until 0335 on Monday 13 June.

Chipping Sodbury to Alderton

Drainage refurbishments are needed along the open line between Chipping Sodbury tunnel and Alderton tunnel. The bulk of this work will be completed on three consecutive Sundays – 12, 19 and 26 June, with shifts starting from 2340 on the Saturday night through to 04:50 on the Monday morning. We are also taking the opportunity to renew some of the track inside Chipping Sodbury tunnel at the same time.


A section of track that runs parallel to Shire Way and Wapley Bushes needs to be replaced and we’ll be doing this at the same time as the Chipping Sodbury to Alderton drainage work, focused around three consecutive Sundays – 12, 19 and 26 June.

Travel information

Sundays 12, 19 and 26 June 2022:

  • No trains via Bristol Parkway
  • Trains between London and South Wales stop at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway
  • CrossCountry trains stop at Gloucester instead of Bristol Parkway
  • Buses replace all train services via Bristol Parkway

Work in July and August 2022

Severn Tunnel

We are returning to the Severn Tunnel this summer, to replace a four-kilometre stretch of track on the Welsh side of the tunnel. The work will be completed during a 10-day closure of the line between England and South Wales, from the evening of Friday 1 July until the early hours of Monday 11 July.

Making best use of the opportunity while we have access to work on the line, we will be carrying out maintenance on electrification equipment inside the tunnel, as well as other projects at Pilning, Patchway and Stoke Gifford.

Pilning railway bridge

During July and August we will be working in the Pilning area, carrying out structural repairs to the railway bridge on Station Road. In order to complete this work safely we will need to close the road to vehicles and pedestrians at various points, including a solid 20-day closure during July.

Work involves brickwork and steelwork repairs, as well as waterproofing to the bridge deck. This is a noisy process and we apologise in advance for any disturbance this causes.

Road closures

  • 10:00 on 7 July – 06:00 on 27 July 
  • 22:00 on 30 July – 09:00 on 31 July 
  • 22:00 on 6 Aug – 09:00 on 7 Aug  

A diversionary route will be in force on these dates, directing road users from Station Road on to Marsh Common Road, Cross Hands Road and Bank Road.

Patchway Tunnel

Last October we replaced track and drainage inside one of the Patchway tunnels. During the Severn Tunnel work we will be using two road rail diggers to clear spoil left over from the removal of the old track and stone. Our workers will use Patchway station as the main access point. We will also have minibuses dropping off some workers at Cattybrook brickworks where they’ll access the line on foot.

Filton West Curve (Stoke Gifford)

Following on from the track renewal at Filton Abbey Wood in June, we head slightly north in early July to replace track and points at Filton Junction, to the west of Bristol Parkway Station.

The main part of the work takes place between Thursday 7 July and the early hours of Monday 11 July, making use of the tail end of the line closure for the Severn Tunnel work.

Our workers will be parking vehicles at Hunts Ground car park, Bristol Parkway and Aviva and they will be using access points at Muller Road, Junction 2 of the M32 and at Conygres Road.

Travel information

Friday 1 – Sunday 10 July, Sunday 17 July and Sunday 14 August

  • No trains can run between Patchway and Severn Tunnel Junction
  • Trains between London Paddington and Swansea will use an alternative route between Swindon and Newport
  • Trains between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway will run on weekdays only 05:00 – 10:00 and 16:00 – 20:00.
  • Trains between Cardiff Central and Portsmouth Harbour will run between Bristol Parkway and Portsmouth Harbour instead.
  • Trains between Cardiff Central and Taunton will run between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton instead.
  • Only morning services are affected on Sunday 14 August – trains resume at midday
  • Buses will replace trains between Bristol Parkway and Newport
  • Buses will also replace trains between Bristol Parkway, Filton Abbey Wood, Stapleton Road, Lawrence Hill and Bristol Temple Meads on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July

Iron Acton level crossing replacement

We are currently planning work on two level crossings at Iron Acton. The level crossings on Bristol Road and Station Road are both worn and need to be replaced to ensure the continued safe and reliable running of freight services through the area. We hope to be able to complete this work over a four-day period around the August bank holiday (Monday 29 August). Road closures would be needed. Further details and diversionary routes will be posted here.

Check before you travel: National Rail Enquiries or Great Western Railway website.

Completed work

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.

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