Only long distance services between London Paddington and South Wales will run as normal.
Network Rail engineers will be working on the lines around Temple Meads during the closure to carry out ongoing £130million signalling improvements, the upgrade is Network Rail’s biggest ever re-signalling project, and a crucial part of its Railway Upgrade Plan, It will take around 500 railway staff to complete it. Once completed, the works will enable Network Rail to replace 40-year-old High Speed Trains with new Intercity Express Trains.
The new trains reduce journeys time from Bristol to London by up to 17 minutes, increase the frequency of services and provide additional seats and better trains with 24% more capacity.
Passengers are advised to plan ahead as there will be no trains to, from, or through Bristol Temple Meads throughout this period. The below map shows which routes are open.
The Easter works are part of a wider upgrade to the lines around Bristol, which started in 2017.
Network Rail are aware of the inconvenience the closure will cause and has thanked passengers for their patience.
“The huge effort throughout December and January means we are now in a position to deliver Network Rail’s biggest-ever signalling upgrade this Easter as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan,” Network Rail spokesman Tony Lamb said.
Once complete, along with Filton Four Tracking, rail journeys in Bristol will be transformed with more seats and quicker journeys on more frequent services.
I would like to thank everyone who helped us get to this stage and also passengers who have remained patient with us throughout the upgrade.”
It is hoped the upgrades will be completed by January 2019 in time for a new timetable to be introduced.
Great Western Rail’s (GWR) operations director Rob Mullen said:
“This work is vital for GWR to be able to continue to deliver the full benefits our new Intercity Express Train fleet is bringing, including seven trains an hour between London and Bristol and quicker journey times – further supporting Bristol and its economy.”
For more info, visit travelwest.info/templemeads