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Temple Meads Station - closure due to rail upgrade works

Network Rail have advised they will be closing Bristol Temple Meads station over the Easter bank holiday weekend, passengers will not be able to catch or get off train services at Bristol Temple Meads station from Good Friday, March 30, until Tuesday, April 3 as engineering works take place.

The majority of trains will stop at either Bath Spa, Bristol Parkway or Weston-super-Mare and passengers will have use replacement buses to get to Bristol Temple Meads or other stations to continue their journeys.

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.

rail closures over easter 2018

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 information about the upgrade: www.networkrail.co.uk/bristol-upgrades   #SignalBristol

This is how your trains will be affected over Easter:

  • London Paddington and South Wales – high-speed trains will run as normal with two an hour from Bristol Parkway
  • London Paddington and the West of England via Newbury – high-speed trains will run as normal
  • London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads, and Weston-super-Mare – high-speed trains will terminate at Bath Spa
  • Cheltenham Spa to London Paddington – trains will terminate at Swindon, but will run as normal on Tuesday, April 3
  • Taunton to Cardiff Central – trains will terminate at Weston-super-Mare
  • Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central – trains will terminate at Bath Spa
  • Weymouth to Bristol Temple Meads or Gloucester – trains will terminate at Westbury or Bath Spa
  • Worcester Shrub Hill to Bristol Temple Meads – trains will be rerouted to Cardiff Central, via Bristol Parkway


  • Trains from the north will terminate at Bristol Parkway
  • Trains from the south will terminate at Taunton and replacement coaches will run between Bristol Parkway and Taunton.

Buses - rail replacement services

Buses will replace trains between:

  • Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway – direct and calling all stations
  • Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa – direct and calling all stations
  • Bristol Temple Meads and Clifton Down – calling all stations
  • Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach – direct to Clifton Down then calling all stations
  • Bristol Parkway and Bath Spa – direct
  • Bristol Parkway and Weston-super-Mare – direct and calling all stations
  • Bristol Parkway and Taunton – direct and calling at Bristol Temple Meads

More information and timetables regarding the rail replacement buses will be available soon.

GWR will use a mixture of step-free buses and standard coaches.

Buses replace trains at affected stations but services will be busy, especially on Tuesday 3 April.

Passengers are advised to check journeys closer to the time at www.gwr.com/check

Those who require assisted travel are asked to speak to a member of GWR staff, or contact the assisted travel team.

Bus Diversions

Services will be diverted from Temple Meads station approach from Midnight 30th April 2018 to 3am Weds 4th April.

This section will be updated regularly for any bus services affected by the Rail Upgrade Plan.

Open Top Tour:

During the works on Temple Meads this service will not serve Temple Meads Station (Stop Tc) on the station approach, but will divert past temple meads, turning around at Bath Bridge Roundabout and stop at Temple Gate (Stop Tj) outside the pub now called The Sidings (formerly The Wreckless Engineer)

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