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.

Important information – COVID-19

All planned work is being reassessed and reviewed as the we go through the current pandemic. Essential maintenance projects are being prioritised and keeping our workers and local communities safe is of paramount importance. We are following Government guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.

Gipsy Patch Lane bridge

The railway reopened on Monday 23 November, following the installation of the new 4,260 tonne Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge.

We experienced a significant engineering problem that prevented us from getting the new bridge into position when planned and held up reinstatement of the railway.

Working around the clock we resolved the issue and rebuilt the railway as quickly as possible.

The installation was a major feat of engineering and completed the heaviest lift of its kind ever undertaken in the UK.

Gipsy Patch Lane bridge in situ

During Christmas 2020 we completed the follow up work needed on the railway, to compact the track stone (tamping). This improves performance as well as the life span of the track.

The focus has now moved to the road underneath the bridge which is now being lowered and widened.

Gipsy Patch Lane Bridge completed

More information

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