Filton Bank upgrade: Bristol & South Glos travel: 27 Oct – 18 Nov.  Severn Beach Line closed. Replacement buses in operation.


Network Rail is installing two new railway lines between Bristol Temple Meads  and Filton Abbey Wood, working 24/7 from Saturday 27 October to Sunday 18 November (inclusive). During this time, buses will replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, and along the Severn Beach line.


A number of resources from Network Rail and Great Western Railway (GWR) can be downloaded below to help you get the word out to colleagues and to encourage them to make the necessary arrangements. Passengers should check before they travel at and allow extra time for journeys during this three-week period.


The Filton Bank four-tracking project is about improving the capacity of the network through doubling the number of railway lines. This will remove a bottleneck in the Bristol area, enabling an increase in trains next year. It will also reduce the impact of maintenance work in the future; adding to the resilience of our network and improving performance and reliability for passengers.


Travel arrangements:

During this three-week period, some train services will be diverted, and buses will replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, and along the Severn Beach line.

In total, 11 railway stations will be affected.      


Please note that a number of weekends are also affected, before and after the 3-week upgrade on the Filton Bank:

  • 13 and 14 October
  • 24 and 25 November*
  • 1 and 2 December*

*Wherever possible, GWR will be running more frequent and longer trains on routes to the Bath Christmas market to help meet demand. There will be a queueing system in place at Bath Spa station, so please allow sufficient time to make your journey.


To assist with cascading this information to colleagues, please find attached:


For more information about this work see:

Twitter: Follow @networkrailwest  and #bristolrailupgrade.


4/5/16 Closures to Severn Train Tunnel in May

From Saturday 28 to Monday 30 May 2016 the lines between Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway and Severn Tunnel Junction and Gloucester will be closed. Network Rail will be upgrading the signalling in the area, enabling them to run more trains north of Bristol in the near future.

PDF with more info here