Turbo at Severn Bridge

GWR warns engineering work may affect your journey in Bristol this weekend

Weekend train services on the Severn Beach line in Bristol will be affected by rail improvement schemes starting this week.

Network Rail is replacing the tracks through St Andrews Road station as well as undertaking essential maintenance of bridges between Stapleton Road and Filton Abbey Wood.

As a result Great Western Railway will operate a revised timetable where trains are able to operate this Saturday and Sunday and Sunday 23, 30 October, or 6 November.

Rail tickets can be used for travel free of charge on any bus route in Bristol operated by First West of England Buses,  and only a very limited rail replacement bus service will be able to be provided.

On Saturday 15 October:

  • Trains will still run between Bristol Temple Meads and Clifton Down
  • Buses are planned to replace trains every two hours between Clifton Down and Severn Beach, or travel via local bus services

Sundays 16, 23 and 30 October, or 6 November:

  • Trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood will not stop at Lawrence Hill or Stapleton Road
  • Buses are planned to replace trains every three hours between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach, or travel via local bus services

For the latest information, visit our website at GWR.com/Bristol.

Clare Gooden, GWR’s station manager for the Bristol area, said:

“This work will help reduce the risk of issues developing with the track or vital structures that might affect services into and out of Bristol on the branch line.

“We would like to thank customers for their patience during the work and look forward to welcoming them back to the full Sunday railway service very shortly.”

Scott Pillinger, Network Rail’s programme manager, said:

“This autumn we’ll be working at various locations in the Bristol area to repair bridges and replace worn sections of the track.

“This essential maintenance will ensure that passengers can continue to experience safe and reliable journeys in the future.”

The ticket office in the main entrance at Bristol Temple Meads is due to reopen on Tuesday 1 November with operations relocating from the temporary ticket office on Platform 3.

Contact Information

James Davis

Media Relations Manager

Great Western Railway

0845 410 4444


Notes to editors

First Greater Western Limited, trading as “Great Western Railway” (GWR), operates trains across the Great Western franchise area, which includes South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, across southern England and into London. GWR provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services, and before the covid-19 pandemic helped over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year. GWR has been awarded a National Rail Contract to continue operating the Great Western network, which shall run up to 21 June 2025, with the potential for a further three years at the Secretary of State’s discretion. Find out more here: https://www.gwr.com/about-us