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We're modernising the Great Western route to bring passengers faster, more frequent, more reliable services.

This page explains the work we'll be doing in South Gloucestershire and when it's due to take place.

Christmas track renewal work 25 – 31 December

Over the Christmas period we will be working 24/7 to replace track either side of Bristol Parkway station.

Read more in our travel arrangements section

Check National Rail Enquiries or the GWR website.

Renewing track near Bristol Parkway

We are replacing track at locations either side of Bristol Parkway station between Christmas and New Year, to help ensure the continued safe and smooth running of the railway.

We will be working 24/7 from 20:00 Friday 24 December to 21:00pm on Friday 31 December.

For the first few days we will be west of Bristol Parkway station, with up to 80 people working night and day to replace over 1km of track on the Filton East Curve. Six rail-mounted diggers and bulldozers will remove and replace the old rail, sleepers and ballast (track stone), with new rails, more than 1,400 sleepers and nearly 2,200 tonnes of ballast.

For the rest of the week we will be working to the east of Bristol Parkway, under Stoke Gifford bypass, replacing two sets of points. The new track comes in pre-fabricated panels, brought in by engineering trains. Once the old track and ballast are removed and the new track bed has been prepared, a rail-mounted crane will lift new track panels into position.

Travel arrangements

Planned engineering works map for Christmas showing bus replacement buses will run from Bristol Parkway and the diversion routes around Bristol Parkway for GWR and CrossCountry trains
  • 25 – 31 December, no trains will call at Bristol Parkway, Yate or Cam & Dursley stations. Services resume New Year’s Day.
  • Trains between London and south Wales will be diverted and hourly trains between London Paddington and Swansea will stop at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway.
  • CrossCountry services will divert between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol Temple Meads and will stop at Gloucester instead of Bristol Parkway.
  • Replacement buses will be in operation. 

Autumn maintenance in and around the Severn Tunnel 

Over four weekends in October we completed a wide range of maintenance tasks in and around the Severn Tunnel, to help keep journeys safe and reliable along this important route.

To make the most of the opportunity a variety of teams worked at a range of locations including the Severn Tunnel itself, Severn Beach, Pilning, Patchway, Stoke Gifford and also at Charlton Tunnel in Brentry, Bristol. During the four weekends we achieved track work, drainage, signalling, surveys and repairs

Engineers working on a cherry picker in the Severn tunnel

Gipsy Patch Lane, Stoke Gifford, South Gloucestershire

Following the installation of a new bridge at Gipsy Patch Lane for South Gloucestershire Council’s Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME), we have been working on the road under the bridge, as well as installing an improved drainage system and pumping station.

By the end of December the pumping station and drainage system will be fully complete, along with the majority of the work to the road.

A one-way system (Westbound towards the A38) has been put in place to manage the flow of traffic through the area while we work to widen the road. Eastbound traffic continues to be directed along the diversionary route via the A38, Bradley Stoke Way and Winterbourne Road. This system will remain in place until late 2022.

Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension artist's impression
Artist's impression of Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension. Credit: South Glos Council

More information

Further details about the project itself can be found on South Gloucestershire Council’s dedicated website.

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