Tunnel Improvement Bath

Planned engineering work in Bath, and Cheltenham may affect your journey

Trains between Bath and Bristol, and between Gloucester, Cheltenham and Worcester will be affected by a programme of weekend rail improvement work this month.

Network Rail plans to renew tracks and maintain tunnels linking Bath and Bristol over three successive weekends, as well as carry out drainage work in the Cheltenham area.

This means no trains can operate between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads stations on the weekends of 14/15, 21/22 and 28/29 January.

Added to this, no trains can operate between Gloucester and Worcester Shrub Hill, or Worcestershire Parkway, on 14/15 and 21/22 January, and Sunday 29 January.

  • Hourly trains will run between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads via Bristol Parkway – not stopping at Chippenham or Bath Spa
  • Some trains will run between London Paddington and Bath Spa instead, as well as shuttle trains running between Swindon, Chippenham and Bath Spa
  • Trains will also run between London Paddington and Gloucester
  • Trains will run between Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff Central or Gloucester
  • Trains also run between Bath Spa and the south coast via Westbury
  • Buses replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa
  • Buses also replace trains between Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa or Worcester – except for Saturday 28 January when trains will be running via Cheltenham Spa

First West of England Buses will also accept valid rail tickets or passes between Bath, Keynsham and Bristol.

For more information, visit our Planned Engineering webpage at GWR.com/upgrade.

GWR’s Station Manager for Bath Spa and Chippenham, Oana Apetroaie, said:

“These track upgrades will enable us to maintain services for customers travelling on a key section of the railway in the Bath and Bristol area.

“Where possible we will divert trains, or providing alternative road transport, to ensure our customers can still continue their journeys.”

Chris Rule, GWR’s Station Manager for Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa said:

“This important rail improvement work will also impact CrossCountry services between Gloucester and Worcestershire Parkway as well as GWR trains.

“West Midlands Railway train services will still be running between Worcester Shrub Hill and Great Malvern or Hereford.”

Network Rail Project Manager for the Twerton tunnel track renewal work, Mark Parker, said:

“Thank you for your patience while we complete this vital track renewal. It’s a very busy line between Bristol and Bath and this work is essential to ensure the continued safe and reliable running of the railway.

“To reduce overall disruption to passengers, we are making best use of the opportunity to carry out maintenance on this section of the route, with other teams also completing repairs in tunnels at St Anne’s in Bristol and Saltford at the same time.

Contact Information

James Davis

Media Relations Manager

Great Western Railway

0845 410 4444


Notes to editors

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