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Major Updates

  • Start: 19/08/17 - Finish: 15/09/17

    Last modified: 08/08/17

Network Rail are electrifying the railway line from the outskirts of Royal Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire through to Patchway in South Gloucestershire.

At Bristol Parkway station, Network Rail is:

  • Starting construction of a new platform, whilst extending the others
  • Carrying out track work to serve the new platform
  • Upgrading the signalling
  • Installing electrification equipment

On the railway between Bristol Parkway and Swindon, Network Rail is:

  • Carrying out flood resilience work, including enlarging the existing stormwater lagoon at Chipping Sodbury to eight times its current size. When complete, it will hold 11 million litres of water – as much as 4.5 Olympic swimming pools
  • Undertaking electrification work in the two tunnels, Chipping Sodbury and Alderton

More information can be found at networkrail.co.uk/westernupgrade.

Plan before you travel

How will trains between Swindon and Bristol Parkway be affected?

  • Saturday 19 August – Friday 1 September: Services between Swindon and Bristol Parkway will be diverted, and from Monday 21 August most will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway. When trains are diverted, a shuttle bus service will operate between Patchway and Bristol Parkway.
  • Saturday 26 until Monday 28 August (Bank Holiday weekend): Services will call at Bristol Parkway.
  • Saturday 2 until Friday 15 September: There will be no trains calling at Bristol Parkway. Services to and from Swindon will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway, with buses running between the two stations.

How will trains between Cheltenham Spa and Bristol Temple Meads be affected?

  • Saturday 19 August – Friday 1 September: Trains on this route will run as normal.
  • Saturday 2 until Friday 15 September: There will be no trains calling at Bristol Parkway. Trains will be amended with replacement buses running between Yate and Filton Abbey Wood.

How will London Paddington to South Wales trains be affected?

  • Saturday 19 August – Friday 1 September: Services between London and South Wales will be diverted, and from Monday 21 August most will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway. When trains are diverted, a shuttle bus service will operate between Patchway and Bristol Parkway.
  • Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 26 until Monday 28 August: Services will call at Bristol Parkway. Buses replace trains between Newport and Cardiff Central.
  • Saturday 2 – Friday 15 September: There will be no trains calling at Bristol Parkway. Services between London Paddington and South Wales will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway, with buses running between the two stations.

How will CrossCountry trains be affected?

  • Saturday 2 until Friday 15 September: Trains will call at Patchway instead of Bristol Parkway, and run via a diverted route to and from the North.

Travelling at weekends from 23 September until 19 November?

  • On all weekends from 23/24 September until 18/19 November: Train services will be impacted by further upgrade works.

Network Rail Parkway Disruptions

Map provided by Network Rail.

More information can be found at www.gwr.com/bristolparkway2017.

More information

Changes to parking at Bristol Parkway

From Saturday 2 until Friday 15 September 2017 the West car park at Bristol Parkway will be closed.

Bikes on trains

The normal bike policy for all train companies will apply during these works. We can only carry folding bikes on replacement buses.

Animals and Luggage on replacement buses

If your journey involved a replacement bus please note that animals and large items of luggage cannot be accommodated.

Help with your journey

If you need any help with your journey contact:

Freephone 0800 197 1329

Textphone 18001 0800 1329

Please note that the information on this page was provided by Network Rail and Travelwest cannot be made responsible for any incorrect information.

Network Rail drop-in sessions

To find out more information about these works please visit the drop-in sessions below provided by Network Rail.

  • Thursday, August 17, The Old School Rooms, Stoke Gifford, 4:30pm to 7:30pm

You can also find them at their orange tent next to the multi-storey car park at Bristol Parkway station on:

  • Monday, 4 September – 4:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Friday, 8 September – 4:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Saturday, 9 September – 10:30am to 2:30pm

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