South Gloucestershire..Wapley Bridge Timelapse. (Network Rail)

This time-lapse film shows rebuilding of  the railway bridge at Wapley in South Gloucestershire to create the additional space needed for overhead power lines on the Great Western route

Modernising the Great Western route

We’re modernising the Great Western route to bring passengers faster, more frequent, and more reliable services. The project includes upgrading the route infrastructure so that the route can be electrified.

This page shows the work we’ll be doing in South Gloucestershire and when it’s due to take place.

What we’re doing

To enable the route to be electrified. we’re installing supporting masts and overhead lines, and preparing the foundations for these (‘piling’). We’ll also be modifying some of the bridges and other structures on the route to create the extra height needed for the overhead lines.

Work dates and locations

We’re undertaking piling in the areas shown below on Saturday 7th January to Friday 13th January 2017. Please note that the schedule could change at short notice for operational reasons.


Before starting the work we may need to clear overgrown vegetation alongside the line. Find out more about why and how we manage vegetation

Patchway ( Coniston Road )

Saturday 7th January – Sunday 8th January 2017
11.00pm – 08.00am
Local Authority: South Gloucestershire

Bristol Parkway Station

From December 2016 through to 2018, we are carrying out essential work in and around Bristol Parkway station to prepare it for the new fleet of electric trains.

The station will remain open for the majority of the work and passengers will be informed of any planned changes to services.

Filton Abbey Wood Station / Horfield Cutting

We held a a drop-in on Thursday 15th September 2016 at Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, to discuss our forthcoming work at Filton Abbey Wood station and Horfield Cutting.

The work is part of the project to double the number of tracks between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway from two to four and it also allows for the electrification of the line which will enable the introduction of quieter, greener, and faster electric trains.

To accommodate the new trains, a fourth platform will be built at Filton Abbey Wood station with ramped access to the existing footbridge. In order to support the embankment, a retaining wall will be built between the new platform and the residential area that backs onto the railway. This phase of the work is due to take a year before Network Rails orange army will return to extend the three existing platforms and lay the new track.

The work in Horfield cutting will consist of building a 1.25m retaining wall which will in turn provide room for the construction of two additional tracks. This work extends from the south of Bonnington Walk Bridge to Filton Abbey Wood station and is expected to last seven months.

Filton Abbey Wood factsheet
Horfield cutting factsheet
Proposed parking restrictions

Bridge and structure works

The table below shows bridges and other structures that we need to modify for electrification, along with work we’re carrying out currently and any temporary road closures and diversions. Work due to start in the future is subject to approval by South Gloucestershire Council.

Structure Drop-in session Closure date(s) Diversion route Additional information
Dodington Road, Chipping Sodbury To discuss traffic calming proposals

Wednesday, 5 October 2016 – 4pm to 7pm

Sports Classroom, Chipping Sodbury School, Bowling Road, BS37 6EW

TBC TBC We have proposed a scheme of traffic calming measures to South Gloucestershire Council in relation to our parapet extensions at the bridge.

Dodington Road Traffic calming scheme

Chipping Sodbury tunnel n/a n/a n/a Preparation for Electrification
Residents’ notification letter
Chipping Sodbury Aqueduct n/a There will be a temporary walking route in place on Chapel Lane on Monday 15 – Monday 29 August.
There will be  two-way traffic lights on Badminton Road Monday 22 August – Monday 5 September.
The current footpath will be closed off whilst alterations are carried out. A temporary walking route will be provided around the working area.
Please see footpath diversion
Diversion route
The existing aqueduct structure will be replaced with a new and raised structure in order to accommodate the new trains and electrification infrastructure. Residents notification letter 
All works are due to be completed on the structure by March 2017.

Working responsibly

We know that our work to improve the railway may cause some disruption and noise for local communities. We do our very best to limit this and appreciate your patience and understanding.

For example, we often have to carry out some of the work at night when trains aren’t running. This is because we’re contractually obliged to work at times that have the least impact on passenger services, and because we must ensure the safety of our workforce.

If roads or footpaths need to be closed temporarily because of bridge work, we agree diversionary routes with the local council. And we are committed to completing the work quickly, so the road can be re-opened as soon as possible.